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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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Henry O'Neill ...
Col. Nelson
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Charles Corbin (as William Orr)
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Hiram Briggs
George Haywood ...
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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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Drama | Short

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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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1.37 : 1
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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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Average patriotic short, this does have some moments
4 October 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short, nominated for an Academy Award, is not a stellar piece of work. The script is average, acting too obvious in spots and there is at least one character who irritates so glaringly that it's clear that the audience is supposed to dislike him. Still, this is somewhat interesting, given that its production values technically are first-rate. Hardly exceptional, but worth watching at least once. Turner Classic Movies runs this as filler and almost invariably airs it during their "31 Days of Oscar" every March. Not too bad.


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