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23 1/2 Hours Leave (1937)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
James Ellison ...
Terry Walker ...
Morgan Hill ...
Arthur Lake ...
Sgt. Turner
Paul Harvey ...
Gen. Markley
Wally Maher ...
Sgt. Beans Banning
Andy Andrews ...
Sgt. Jake Solomon
Murray Alper ...
Sgt. Schultz
Pat Gleason ...
Sgt. Squibb
John Kelly ...
Sgt. Tubbs
Russell Hicks ...
Capt. Barker
Top Sgt. Burke


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 <>

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21 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Twenty Three and a Half Hours Leave  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In a street scene in Grand National's Small Town Boy (1937), Stuart Erwin walks past a theater with poster displays for three Grand National movies: this picture, Navy Spy (1937) and Girl Loves Boy (1937). See more »


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


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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