Battle Hymn (1957)

12 02/14/1957 (US) DramaWar 1h 49m

The true story of Col. Dean Hess, clergyman turned fighter pilot!


Battle Hymn was inspired by the true story of American minister Dean Hess, played here with rare sensitivity by Rock Hudson. A bomber pilot during World War II, Hess inadvertently releases a bomb which destroys a German orphanage. Tortured by guilt, Hess relocates in Korea after the war to offer his services as a missionary. Combining the best elements of Christianity and Eastern spiritualism, Hess establishes a large home for orphans. The preacher's efforts are threatened when the Korean "police action" breaks out in 1950.

  1. Douglas Sirk


  2. Charles Grayson


  3. Vincent B. Evans


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  1. Rock Hudson

    Rock Hudson

    Col. Dean E. Hess

  2. Anna Kashfi

    Anna Kashfi

    En Soon Yang

  3. Dan Duryea

    Dan Duryea

    Sgt. Herman

  4. Don DeFore

    Don DeFore

    Capt. Dan Skidmore

  5. Martha Hyer

    Martha Hyer

    Mary Hess

  6. Jock Mahoney

    Jock Mahoney

    Maj. Frank Moore

  7. Alan Hale Jr.

    Alan Hale Jr.

    Mess Sergeant

  8. James Edwards

    James Edwards

    Lt. Maples

  9. Richard Loo

    Richard Loo

    Gen. Kim (scenes deleted)

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Original Language English

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