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Women in War(1940)

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Hollywood Reporter news items add the following information about the production: Barry Trivers was signed to do a "dialog polish" for this film; the picture was to mark the screen debut of English radio actress Wela Davies, whose participation in the completed film has not been confirmed; and Republic set a "minimum of $350,000" as the film's budget. Hollywood Reporter production charts and Daily Variety news items include Gwen Gaze, Peter Cushing, Holmes Herbert, Estelle Ettere, Marjorie Benedict, Doris Stone, Anne Donoghue, Jean Murray and Betty Farrington in the cast, although their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. A preproduction Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the film was to depict "a girl entertainer for the soldiers, a la the [Elsie] Janis tour in France in 1918." A New York Times article written during the film's production noted that the fluctuating situations in "the European war has engendered all sorts of confusion at Republic," and that the script had to be re-written to encompass the latest developments. Women in War marked the last film appearance of Elsie Janis, a famed American stage and screen performer and writer who toured extensively during World War I and was proclaimed the "Sweetheart of the AEF." Her previous performance in a film was in the 1919 Selznick picture A Regular Girl (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3680). This was also the first film that actress Mae Clarke appeared in since the 1937 Columbia production Trouble in Morocco. Howard Lydecker and his crew, consisting of William Bradford, Ellis F. Thackery and Herbert Norsch, were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Special Effects.