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Buck Privates (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, War | 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 basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than ... See full summary »

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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 basic training. 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 | War

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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

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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

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

In the song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," during Patty Andrews' solo, she claps her hands at the end of the line, "He can't blow a note 'til the base and guitar's playing with him," but the slap sound effect misses her gesture by full beat. See more »

Quotes

Herbie Brown: What time is it?
Slicker Smith: None of your business!
[completely ad-libbed during the drill routine. Abbott didn't know it was coming but delivered his response flawlessly]
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Connections

References I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Hugh Prince and Sonny Burke
Performed by The Andrews Sisters (uncredited)
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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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