Keep Your Powder Dry

  • 1945
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Just as so many films appealed to the patriotism of young men during WW II, this film excited young women and caused something of a run on WAC recruiting offices around the country. Turner, Peters, and Day are Three Musketettes who join the Women's Army Corps for different reasons. Turner is a New York City deb who is in line for a family fortune, but she's...read more

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Just as so many films appealed to the patriotism of young men during WW II, this film excited young women and caused something of a run on WAC recruiting offices around the country. Turner, Peters, and Day are Three Musketettes who join the Women's Army Corps for different reasons. Turner

is a New York City deb who is in line for a family fortune, but she's spent so much time being a playgirl that the bankers who tend her legacy are loath to award it to her. She joins the WACs to prove that she has more depth than they think. Actually she plans to wash out of the service as soon as

she gets her money and then return to visiting the watering spots of cafe society. Day is an Army brat, so it's logical for her to join. Peters is married to Kirby who's already in the service, so she signs up in order to be near him. (One wonders if the authors of PRIVATE BENJAMIN saw this film.

There are enough similarities between the characters played by Turner and Goldie Hawn to draw that conclusion.) Day and Turner zing each other with Peters acting as a referee. Day is named cadet commander and continues to make Turner's life difficult. Turner holds her tongue and temper in check

until Day chews her out in front of the other recruits on the drill field, and Turner responds by slapping Day. Naturally an inquiry is held, but Turner is vindicated when it is learned that Day has been abusing her rank and is not considered good officer material. Meanwhile, Kirby is killed in

action, but Peters keeps that news to herself and spends most of her time attempting to sew up the tear in the fabric of Turner's and Day's relationship. When they learn of Peters' loss, the two women unite and help Peters over the tragedy. In the end, Turner decides that she likes the service and

her pals and will remain in the WACs. This was a fairly authentic look at the corps, although it must be admitted that MGM ladled the glamour on when it came to make-up and off-duty clothes.

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