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Buck Privates (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, War | 31 January 1941 (USA)
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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Major General Emerson
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Mrs. Parker II
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Henry
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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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The screen goes wacky in khaki as the newest comedy sensations...and the song-sational creators of boogie-woogie rhythm get caught in the draft and blow into camp with the merriest military musicals (original herald) See more »

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Comedy | Musical | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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31 January 1941 (USA)  »

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Ordinário, Marche!  »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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

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1.37 : 1
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This is the first film in which Bud and Lou are the lead actors. 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: You're 40 years-old and you're in love with this little girl that's 10 years-old. You're four times as old as that girl and you couldn't marry her, could you?
Herbie Brown: Not unless I come from the mountains.
Slicker Smith: All right- you're 40 years-old, you're four times as old as this girl, and you can't marry her, so you wait five years. By that time the little girl's 15 and you're 45. You're only three times as old as that little girl. So you wait 15 years and when the girl is 30, you're at 60. You're only twice as ...
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Spoofed in A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) See more »

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Reveille
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Traditional
Played by a bugler to awaken the recruits
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I LOVE Abbott & Costello movies...and this one was no exception!
4 September 2004 | by 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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