This film presents a dramatization of the wartime heroics of naval doctor Corydon M. Wassell, who is stationed in the East Indies during a Japanese attack on the USS Marblehead. After the less seriously wounded soldiers are evacuated to Australia, Wassell stays in Java to save those left behind. As the Japanese advance, he risks his life and defies orders in an attempt to rescue as many as possible. His actions are later recognized in a radio address given by President Roosevelt.
Director: Cecil B. DeMille.
Stars: Gary Cooper, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, Dennis O’Keefe, Carol Thurston, Carl Esmond, Paul Kelly, Elliott Reid, Stanley Ridges, Renny McEvoy, Oliver Thorndike, Philip Ahn, Barbara Britton.
1945 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Special Effects (Farciot Edouart/Gordon Jennings/George Dutton).
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)