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Keep Your Powder Dry(1945)

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The working titles of this film were The WACS, Women's Army, There Were Three of Us and Women In Uniform. An August 1944 pre-production Hollywood Reporter news item states that Richard Rosson was to shoot backgrounds at the WAC training centers in Des Moines, IA and Fort Oglethorpe, FL. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart credits Stephen Gossoon with art direction, the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. the extent of his contribution the the released film has not been determined. A September 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that Sgt. Art Moore of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic Unit was to instruct 50 dancing girls in drill scenes. According to a August 5, 1944, the cast was initially to be all females. By August 29, 1944, Robert Sully was announced as the only male actor in the cast, but he was not in the film. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Charles Trowbridge in the cast, he does not appear in the film.
       Modern sources state that the film premiered in Washington, D.C. on March 8, 1945 as part of the WAC recruiting campaign. Various Hollywood Reporter news items include Edith Leach, Jean Ashton, Judi Blacque, Kathleen Cartmill, Marilyn Christine, Rita Dunn, Meredith Durrell, Jeanne Francis, Stanley Andrews, Mimi Doyle, Mary Parker, Geraldine Wall, Jean French, Barbara Hallstone, Doreen Hayward, Charlotte Hunter, Virginia Hunter, Margaret Kays, Dianne Meredeth, Frances Morris, Jetsy Parker, Jane Ray, Beth Renner, Melba Snowden, Wanda Stevenson, Bobbie Woods, Ruth Lee, Clyde Fillmore, Gloria Hope, Ann Hunter, Mary Currier, Early Cantrell, Nita Pike, Anne Loos, Roberta Ridley, Barbara Sears, January Gilbreath, Jesse Graves, Eula Guy and Ruth Warren in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.