MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,386 this week

Buck Privates (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  31 January 1941 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,997 users  
Reviews: 45 user | 18 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(original screen play), (special material for Abbott and Costello)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 Oct 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 02 Apr 2014
 
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Buck Privates" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Buck Privates (1941)

Buck Privates (1941) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Buck Privates.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

In the Navy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve (Robert Cummings): a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, Robert Cummings
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

Directors: Arthur Lubin, Ralph Ceder
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Martha Raye
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their trip to claim their fortune is sidetracked when they are stranded in a haunted house ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson
Comedy | Musical | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Virginia Bruce
Who Done It? (1942)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Director: Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles
Hit the Ice (1943)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two newspaper photographers get mixed up with gangsters at a ski resort.

Directors: Charles Lamont, Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Ginny Simms
Comedy | Western | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Curtis
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Lou and Bud become caretakers at an all girls college. During their misadventures the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally minded landlord.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Peggy Ryan
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jonesy and Lou are in Algeria looking for a wrestler they are promoting. Sergeant Axmann tricks them into joining the Foreign Legion, after which they discover Axmann's collaboration with ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patricia Medina
In Society (1944)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean Yarbrough, Erle C. Kenton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marion Hutton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Lee Bowman ...
Jane Frazee ...
Alan Curtis ...
Bob Martin
...
...
Laverne Andrews ...
Maxene Andrews ...
Patty Andrews ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Major General Emerson
Harry Strang ...
Sgt. Callahan
...
Mrs. Parker II
Leonard Elliott ...
Henry
...
Chef
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ordinário, Marche!  »

Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Outside the movie theater that serves as a recruiting station in the first sequence, posters for Hired Wife (1940) and I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940) (also directed by Arthur Lubin) can clearly be seen. 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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
(uncredited)
Music by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at bedtime
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Slick, well-made comedy which stands the test of time.
26 December 2004 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

Like other reviewers, I've acquired the remastered DVD version of 'Buck Privates'. Bud and Lou fit into the story pretty well, far better than their stint in 'One Night in the Tropics'. The story rolls along at a breakneck pace and I especially enjoyed the steam loco shots as the train transported the boys to boot camp. The Andrews Sisters as usual are fabulous with some great songs.

What really impressed me was the photography, perhaps not something people would normally comment on in an A & C movie. Previous copies I've viewed have been grainy and washed out whereas this new print is visually great to look at. It was interesting for the first time to be able examine characters in the background, see facial expressions more clearly and especially, watch Lou 'working' both Bud and the crew off screen.

Clearly, Lou, like Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton, was a genius of comedy timing, the likes of which we may never see again.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where are the A+C fans? dmnemaine
Abbott and Costello Are Coming To DVD In February Abbott_and_Costello_Fan
Netflix Please!!! mikex5
Discuss Buck Privates (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?