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Buck Privates (1941)

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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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Randolph Parker III
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Judy Gray
Alan Curtis ...
Bob Martin
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Samuel S. Hinds ...
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Harry Strang ...
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Mrs. Parker II
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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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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

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Buck Privates  »

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$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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Inspired by and built around Abbott & Costello's drill routine. See more »

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Accustomed to performing for live audiences, Abbott & Costello "never did anything the same way twice," as editor Philip Cahn complained. "No two takes were exactly the same," said director Arthur Lubin. Continuity errors were almost inevitable. See more »

Quotes

Slicker Smith: Throw your chest out! Go on! Throw your chest out!
Herbie Brown: I'm not through with it yet!
Slicker Smith: Quiet!
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Soundtracks

Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four
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Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Hugh Prince
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
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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.


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