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23 1/2 Hours Leave (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, War | 21 March 1937 (USA)
Army training Sgt. Gray makes a bet that he can get himself invited to breakfast with his commanding officer, General Markley. But he gets into an unhappy tangle with a couple of enemy ... See full summary »

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Morgan Hill ...
Tommy
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Sgt. Turner
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Gen. Markley
Wally Maher ...
Sgt. Beans Banning
Andy Andrews ...
Sgt. Jake Solomon
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Sgt. Schultz
Pat Gleason ...
Sgt. Squibb
John Kelly ...
Sgt. Tubbs
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Capt. Barker
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Top Sgt. Burke
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Army training Sgt. Gray makes a bet that he can get himself invited to breakfast with his commanding officer, General Markley. But he gets into an unhappy tangle with a couple of enemy spies (and a happy tangle with the general's daughter) before the bet is finally decided. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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GREAT SONG HITS TO SET THE NATION SINGING ! (original poster-all caps)

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Comedy | Music | War

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21 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Twenty Three and a Half Hours Leave  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast Thursday 1 January 1942 on New York City's pioneer commercial television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

Connections

Version of 23 1/2 Hours' Leave (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Now You're Talking My Language
Lyrics by Ted Koehler and Sidney D. Mitchell
Music by Sam H. Stept
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While Ellison's singing is nice, the film is very clichéd and about as exciting as watching worms crawling across the sidewalk.
13 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

James Ellison stars as Sergeant Gray in this WWI musical romantic comedy. However, as you watch the film you wonder if the US Army was THAT desperate that they'd make this knucklehead a sergeant!! He is not a very good soldier and is a bit of a fathead. In fact, he even bets his fellow enlisted men that he can wrangle an invite to the General's house for breakfast! Along the way, he gets into lots of wacky situations, meets and falls in love with the General's daughter AND captures two enemy spies! Despite all this, it's amazing how bad the film is--mostly because it's so dull. Additionally, it's filled with clichés and is a film I can't see a sane person recommending! Not a horrible film but certainly not a good one. The best aspect might be the singing (which I usually dislike) as Ellison did have a nice voice. But this just isn't enough and the film comes off as cheap and dopey.


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