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Tender Comrade


A wartime drama starring Ginger Rogers and Robert Ryan. Four war-widow Rosie the Riveters share a house while working at the Douglas Aircraft factory. The movie is a morale-builder, with several embarrassing speeches by some of the girls. Much of it is told in flashbacks to Ginger and Robert’s marriage before he was drafted and shipped out, showing how things look a lot different in retrospect, how things that seemed important seem petty with all those boys overseas. Interesting, but not very original. Script by Dalton Trumbo, who would soon be put in the slammer for refusing to name names of communist party members in Hollywood.