The Hello Girls
In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. They wore Army uniforms and swore Army oaths. They were intrepid, united in a common cause. Like Joan of Arc before them, they wanted to save France. By war’s end, these women, known affectionately as the Hello Girls, had connected over 26 million calls.
They served during the occupation of Germany and the Paris Peace Conference. The last of the Hello Girls returned home in 1920, only to told they were never soldiers after all. For 60 years, they fought the U.S. government for recognition. In 1977, they won. Only 33 were still alive.
Told through 100-year-old letters, photos, rare archival footage, the only known audio of a real Hello Girl, and interviews with family and historians, this documentary brings to life a story that was almost entirely unknown.
In 2018, U.S. Senators Jon Tester from Montana and Dean Heller from Nevada introduced legislation to award the women the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Cast & Credits
Cokie Roberts, Elizabeth Cobbs & Mark Hough
Written & Directed by James Theres
Producer: Elizabeth Cobbs
Composer: Kai Engel (The Handmaiden)
Festivals & Awards
Winner: Best Documentary Feature, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Winner: Award of Excellence, Accolade Global Film Competition
Semi-Finalist: Maryland International Film Festival
Nominee: Best Feature Documentary, Long Beach Indie Film Festival
Selection: Heartland International Film Festival
Selection: St. Louis International Film Festival
Selection: GI Film Festival
Selection: Lycee Internationale (Paris)