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Battle Hymn (1957)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 14 February 1957 (USA)
A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director:

Douglas Sirk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Col. Dean E. Hess
Anna Kashfi ... En Soon Yang
Dan Duryea ... Sgt. Herman
Don DeFore ... Capt. Dan Skidmore
Martha Hyer ... Mary Hess
Jock Mahoney ... Maj. Frank Moore
Alan Hale Jr. ... Mess Sergeant (as Alan Hale)
James Edwards ... Lt. Maples
Carl Benton Reid ... Deacon Edwards
Richard Loo ... Gen. Kim (scenes deleted)
Philip Ahn ... Lu Ahn - Old Man
Bartlett Robinson ... Gen. Timberidge
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Lt. Hollis
Teru Shimada ... Korean Official
Carleton Young ... Maj. Harrison
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Storyline

Dean Hess, who entered the ministry to atone for bombing a German orphanage, decides he's a failure at preaching. Rejoined to train pilots early in the Korean War, he finds Korean orphans raiding the airbase garbage. With a pretty Korean teacher, he sets up an orphanage for them and others. But he finds that to protect his charges, he has to kill. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The true story of Col. Dean Hess, clergyman turned fighter pilot!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

14 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Faith I Fly See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of Philip Ahn's dialogue is dubbed by another actor. See more »

Goofs

When Skidmore is wounded and coming back to land, the exterior shots show the canopy open, but in the closeups of Don DeFore (Skidmore) the canopy is closed. See more »

Quotes

Col. Dean Hess: We're hoping to get to Cheju=do, but it seems almost impossible.
Old Man, Lun-Wa: The difference between the impossible and the possible is the measure of a man's will.
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Wait for the Wagon
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Sung by Jock Mahoney and soldiers during Thanksgiving celebration.
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Korean War era movie based on a real American officer.
13 July 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I found this older movie in an unusual way, I was looking for Martha Hyer movies. In this one her role is somewhat brief as the wife of the main character but in her early 30s was as beautiful as ever.

Rock Hudson is very good as Colonel Dean E. Hess, who in real life was an American minister and United States Air Force colonel who was involved in the so-called "Kiddy Car Airlift," the documented rescue of 950 orphans and 80 orphanage staff from the path of the Chinese advance during the Korean War on December 20, 1950.

As the movie opens we see Hess as a minister but still feels guilt from an accidental bombing of a church and orphanage in Germany during WW2. He isn't sure he is genuine as a minister and goes back into active duty, training Koreans to fly fighter planes. But his soft spot for orphans gets him involved in providing care for them, an activity that he continued in future years. He died, aged 97 in 2015.

Good movie.


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