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Service with the Colors (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Short | 31 August 1940 (USA)

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This Warner Bros. short film focuses on new army recruits prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. They are assigned to the Presidio in San Francisco and put under the command of Sgt. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Sgt. Clicker
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Thomas Stanton
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Col. Nelson
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Charles Corbin (as William Orr)
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This Warner Bros. short film focuses on new army recruits prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. They are assigned to the Presidio in San Francisco and put under the command of Sgt. Clicker for their basic training. One of the recruits, Chuck Corbin, has something of a chip on his shoulder and doesn't seem to fit in. The Sergeant is patient and helpful and helps him along. As they improve their skills and enjoy their time off, Chuck ends up spending time in the guard house and decides to desert. When he puts his life on the line to save some of his friends, he's given a break and takes on a new more positive attitude. Written by garykmcd

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31 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1939-1940 season) #8: Service with the Colors  »

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Included as a bonus on the 2006 Warner DVD of City for Conquest (1940). See more »

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New recruits with only a few days in the Army are shown getting specialized training with weapons and equipment. In fact recruits, go through six weeks or more of basic training to increase their fitness, coordination, and the very basics of drill. This film would have you believe that within a few days recruits have learned all you need to know to function as a soldier. See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by military band
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Follows four enlisted men just before WWII broke out...
28 February 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Watchable mainly because it's one of those Warner Bros. short subjects from the early '40s featuring an interesting cast of stock players: Robert Armstrong, William Lundigan, Herbert Anderson, Henry O'Neill and William T. Orr as the soldier with a chip on his shoulder redeemed by his patriotic commanding officer.

Orr was then an up-and-coming Warner Bros. actor before he became a TV producer and plays the soldier who ends up going AWOL before he is caught. His tough sergeant (Robert Armstrong) has an unbelievable role as a man who's really soft at heart and keeps giving the soldier another chance whatever his shenanigans. William Lundigan is a level-headed army buddy who tries to talk sense into Orr.

Strictly a by the numbers patriotic short that somehow got nominated for a Best Short Subject Oscar. Best aspect is the color photography photographed at the Presidio training center in San Francisco.


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