Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama
When the U.S. forces withdraw from Java, ahead of the Japanese invasion, U.S. Navy doctor Corydon M. Wassell coordinates the remaining wounded servicemen and leads them to safety towards the last Allied evacuation points.
Gary Cooper pulled rank and flat out refused to have his well known hairy chest shaved for the bathtub scene in the final reel.
Dutch Army Captain:
Unless the Japanese can be stopped, it will be impossible for any of your 42 wounded sailors to escape.
Dr. Corydon M. Wassell: Good gravy.
When Dr. Wassell is standing on the back of the hospital train early in the film, in the background a boxcar from the Mexican state railway - marked "N de M" - is visible. Several locations in Mexico were used as a stand-in for Java, as the island would be occupied by Japanese forces until the end of the war in 1945.
After the closing Paramount logo Cecil B. DeMille addresses the audience over a blank screen: "Ladies and gentlemen just a moment please. Since the completion of The Story of Dr. Wassell, we have heard that Hoppy is alive. A prisoner of war of the Japanese. Thank you."