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The Nun and the Sergeant

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Director  Franklin Adreon
Music director  Jerry Fielding
Country  United States
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, War
Screenplay  Don Cerveris
Writer  Don Cerveris
Language  English
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Release date  January 1962
Cast  Robert Webber (Sgt. McGrath), Anna Sten (Sister Mary Joseph), Leo Gordon (Dockman), Hari Rhodes (Hall), Robert Easton (Orville Nupert), Dale Ishimoto (Pak)
Similar movies  Heaven Knows - Mr Allison (1957)
Tagline  It pulls the pin on the screen's most explosive war drama!

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The Nun and the Sergeant is a 1962 Korean War drama starring Anna Sten and Robert Webber in the title roles. It was produced by Sten's husband Eugene Frenke, who had produced Heaven Knows, Mr Allison, also a pairing of a Catholic nun and a U.S. Marine. It was directed by Franklin Adreon and released through United Artists.


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In a forerunner of The Dirty Dozen, Marine Gunnery Sergeant McGrath (Robert Webber) takes 12 Marines from the brig and trains them to blow up a tunnel behind North Korean lines. McGrath's only friend on the patrol is his Korean guide Pak (Dale Ishimoto). Hating their sergeant, the Marines plan to return to their lines without him, seeing that he becomes "a casualty of war". However, en route to their target they find an injured nun (Anna Sten) and a group of Korean convent girls whose bus has been destroyed.

The Marines change their views when Sgt. McGrath protects the group. When one of their squad (Leo Gordon) attempts to rape one of the young girls, the brig rats turn against him. They proceed with their mission as Marines.


  • Robert Webber as Sgt. McGrath
  • Anna Sten as Nun
  • Leo Gordon as Dockman
  • Hari Rhodes as Hall
  • Robert Easton as Nupert
  • Dale Ishimoto as Pak
  • Linda Wong as Bok Soon
  • Linda Ho as Soon Cha
  • Tod Windsor as Nevins
  • Valentin de Vargas as Rivas
  • Ken Miller as Quill
  • Norman Dupont as Mossback
  • Roger Torrey as Turnbridge
  • Gregori F. Kris as Johnson
  • Caroline Kido as Myung Hee
  • Production

    Don Cerveris was an English teacher breaking into screenwriting; one of his pupils was Frank Zappa. Producer Frenke sought Department of Defense cooperation for the film in 1960 when the project was originally titled The Nun and McGrath. The stars of the film, Robert Webber and Hari Rhodes, and director Franklin Adreon were former Marines.


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