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A bit treacly at times, Tender Comrade is nonetheless a fascinating distillation of the American mindset during WW2. Ginger Rogers is at her noblest and most self-sacrificial as Jo, whose husband Chris (Robert Ryan) is off fighting the war. Though pregnant, Jo finds a job at Douglas Aircraft, saving her money by living in a group home with several of her female co-workers. Delivering lines like "Share and share alike, that's democracy", Jo and her friends pool their salaries and divvy up responsibilities, as wait for news from the Front about their husbands and sweethearts. When news arrives that Chris has been killed, Jo delivers an impassioned cheer-up speech to her infant son, which will either leave the viewer in tears or in giggles, depending upon one's frame of mind. The "collectivism" implicit in Tender Comrade (not to mention its politically chancy title!) would later cause a lot of trouble for screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and director Edward Dmytrk during the HUAC "Communist witchhunt" era. In 1943, however, audiences didn't worry about such things, and the film posted a huge profit for RKO Radio. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Ginger Rogers
as Jo
Robert Ryan
as Chris
Ruth Hussey
as Barbara
Kim Hunter
as Doris
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Henderson
Mary Forbes
as Jo's Mother
Richard Martin
as Mike
Edward Fielding
as Doctor
Richard Gaines
as Waldo
Claire Whitney
as Nurse
Richard Gaines
as Waldo
Edward Fielding
as Doctor


Edward Dmytryk
David Hempstead
Dalton Trumbo
Russell Metty
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Roland Gross
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Sherman Todd
Associate Producer
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Mel Burns