Win a Husband and Win the War: Military Women in Film 1949-1954

Ruth McClelland-Nugent, Ruth E Nugent

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Abstract

At the beginning of the Korean War, Hollywood studios, as during World War II, began churning out a number of films promoting military service, including the women's branches of service. These films differ in a number of ways, however, from their World War II precedents. Rather than focusing on the sacrifice of women int he military, most of the films promote the theme of the military as a sort of finishing school, preparing women for a postwar domestic role. Military nurses, however, are portrayed as dedicated career professionals; their service involves not only physical danger, but also sacrificing marriage and family. Films analyzed include Flight Nurse, Battle Circus, Never Wave at a WAC, Skirts Ahoy, and Francis Joins the WACs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings from the Center for the Study of the Korean War
PublisherGraceland University press
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventProceedings from the Center for the Study of the Korean War - Independence, Missouri
Duration: Jan 1 2007 → …

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ConferenceProceedings from the Center for the Study of the Korean War
Period1/1/07 → …

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McClelland-Nugent, R., & Nugent, R. E. (2008). Win a Husband and Win the War: Military Women in Film 1949-1954. In Proceedings from the Center for the Study of the Korean War Graceland University press.