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Buck Privates (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  31 January 1941 (USA)
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Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in boot camp. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop... See full summary »

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Lee Bowman ...
Jane Frazee ...
Judy Gray
Alan Curtis ...
Bob Martin
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Laverne Andrews ...
Maxene Andrews ...
Patty Andrews ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Major General Emerson
Harry Strang ...
Sgt. Callahan
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Mrs. Parker II
Leonard Elliott ...
Henry
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Chef
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Storyline

Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in boot camp. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop who was all set to run them off to the hoosegow in the first place! The boys end up having a whale of a time getting under the skin of their humourless nemesis. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Comedy | Musical

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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ordinário, Marche!  »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Herbie addresses his friend Slicker Smith by his first name in the sequel, _Buck Privates Come Home (1947)_ qv) in this film, Herbie calls him Smitty. See more »

Goofs

During the dice game, Lou's tie is on for the close-ups, but off for the long shots. See more »

Quotes

Slicker Smith: [Herbie mumbles something during a drill routine] What did you say?
Herbie Brown: I'm just talking to myself.
Slicker Smith: Well, don't talk so loud!
Herbie Brown: Well, I gotta hear what I have to say.
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Referenced in Great Guns (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
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Music by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at bedtime
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User Reviews

 
I LOVE Abbott & Costello movies...and this one was no exception!
4 September 2004 | by (Toledo, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This movie contains the famous bantering and mind games that Bud Abbott always pulled on Lou Costello...this adds to the entertainment value and it is great to watch a movie that is just plain entertaining! This movie also contains the Andrews Sisters, who are so great! I love singing in a movie and the use of it is very well done. This movie also gives you a pretty accurate account of "going into the service" for that time era.The military point of view of "Buck Privates" shows the innocence of so many of our young men and women that enter the service of Uncle Sam.It is very interesting to see how things have changed in the last 60 years,as well,not only in T.V and movies, but in the service, too. Abbott and Costello bring humanity to the stiffness of military regimen in "Buck Privates". The cast that was chosen shows a great chemistry with the comedians. A "must- see" for movie buffs that appreciate the old black & white movies.


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