Tender Comrade

Tender Comrade

Ginger Rogers
Director: Edward Dmytryk Cast: Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
, Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
, Ruth Hussey
Ruth Hussey
Edward Dmytryk


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A bit treacly at times, Tender Comrade is nonetheless a fascinating distillation of the American mindset during WW2. Ginger Rogers is at her noblest and most self-sacrificial as Jo, whose husband Chris (Robert Ryan) is off fighting the war. Though pregnant, Jo finds a job at Douglas Aircraft, saving her money by living in a group home with several of her female co-workers. Delivering lines like "Share and share alike, that's democracy," Jo and her friends pool their salaries and divvy up responsibilities, as wait for news from the Front about their husbands and sweethearts. When news arrives that Chris has been killed, Jo delivers an impassioned cheer-up speech to her infant son, which will either leave the viewer in tears or in giggles, depending upon one's frame of mind. The "collectivism" implicit in Tender Comrade (not to mention its politically chancy title!) would later cause a lot of trouble for screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and director Edward Dmytrk during the HUAC "Communist witchhunt" era. In 1943, however, audiences didn't worry about such things, and the film posted a huge profit for RKO Radio.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2018
UPC: 0888574354022
Original Release: 1943
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 21,256

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Jo
Robert Ryan Chris
Ruth Hussey Barbara
Patricia Collinge Helen Stacey
Mady Christians Manya
Kim Hunter Doris
Jane Darwell Mrs. Henderson
Mary Forbes Jo's Mother
Richard Martin Mike
Bob Anderson Boy
Patti Brill Western Union Girl
Don Davis A Boy
Edward Fielding Doctor
Richard Gaines Waldo
Claire Whitney Nurse

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Roland Gross Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
David Hempstead Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Scott Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Sherman Todd Associate Producer
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects

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