The filmmakers clearly sought the most cinematic locations, the result being that the two sailors travel crazily from place to unconnected place. Casey pointed out that the overall command of the Pictorial Service was in the hands of Hollywood icon and director Frank Capra. He detected evidence of “Capra-corn” in the touching portrayal of families, religion and wholesome values. Today, we can only imagine what it meant to men and women to see this after serving far from home for months and sometimes years.
And for a moment Marblehead was the stand-in for all of America.
Casey continues to seek letters, diaries and other documents relating to the town in World War II.
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