The Story of Dr. Wassell

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The Story of Dr. Wassell is a 1944 American Technicolor World War II film set in the Dutch East Indies, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso and Dennis O'Keefe. The film was based on a book of the same name... read more

The Story of Dr. Wassell is a 1944 American Technicolor World War II film set in the Dutch East Indies, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso and Dennis O'Keefe. The film was based on a book of the same name by novelist and screenwriter James Hilton, his only nonfiction book. The book and film were inspired by the wartime activities of U.S. Navy Doctor Corydon M. Wassell which were referred to by President Roosevelt in a radio broadcast made in April 1942. The appropriate section of this broadcast appears toward the end of the film. For their work on this film, Farciot Edouart, Gordon Jennings and George Dutton received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Original Release

05/11/1944

US Release

05/11/1944

Cast

Gary Cooper Dr. Corydon M. Wassell
Laraine Day Madeleine
Gavin Muir Dutch Military Messenger
Signe Hasso Bettina
James Millican Robert Elroy Whaley
Dennis O'Keefe Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Stanley Ridges Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
Carol Thurston Tremartini (Three Martini)
Carl Esmond Lt. Dirk Van Daal
Louis Jean Heydt Ensign
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers

Alan Le May, Charles Bennett, Corydon M. Wassell, James Hilton, Jeanie Macpherson

Cast

Gary Cooper Dr. Corydon M. Wassell
Laraine Day Madeleine
Gavin Muir Dutch Military Messenger
Signe Hasso Bettina
James Millican Robert Elroy Whaley
Dennis O'Keefe Benjamin 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Stanley Ridges Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
Carol Thurston Tremartini (Three Martini)
Carl Esmond Lt. Dirk Van Daal
Louis Jean Heydt Ensign
Paul Kelly Murdock
Ludwig Donath Dutch Doctor on Train
Elliott Reid William 'Andy' Anderson
Laurette Luez Pretty Javanese Girl
Mildred Harris Dutch Nurse
Renny McEvoy Johnny Leeweather
Yvonne De Carlo Native Girl
Oliver Thorndike Alabam
Richard Loo Chinese Doctor on Train
Philip Ahn Ping

Producers

Buddy G. DeSylva Executive Producer
Sidney Biddell Producer
Cecil B. DeMille Producer

Editors

Anne Bauchens

1945 Oscar Best Effects, Special Effects Nominated
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