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Caught in the Draft (1941)

 |  Comedy, Romance, War  |  4 July 1941 (USA)
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A movie star who can't stand loud noises accidentally joins the Army.

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Antoinette 'Tony' Fairbanks
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Steve Riggs
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Bert Sparks
Clarence Kolb ...
Col. Peter Fairbanks
Paul Hurst ...
Sgt. Burns
Ferike Boros ...
Yetta
Phyllis Ruth ...
Margie
Irving Bacon ...
Cogswell
Arthur Loft ...
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Edgar Dearing ...
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Susan (scenes deleted)
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Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and her father, but his military career is largely slapstick. Will he ever get his corporal's stripes? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE BIG LAUGH BLITZ OF 1941! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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4 July 1941 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Steve: I had an uncle who was a hero in the last war. Broke up a gas attack singlehanded.
Don Bolton: How, with bicarbonate of soda?
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Referenced in Lights Fantastic (1942) See more »

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LOVE ME AS I AM
Written by Louis Alter, lyrics Frank Loesser
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Good cast saves amusing if unsurprising military comedy
18 February 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Movie star Bob Hope is sensitive to loud noises—when shooting a war movie scene he expects the director to stage the battle silently and then put in the shooting sounds later. And so talk of the impending military draft soon has Bob and his agents Eddie Bracken and Lynne Overton discussing…marriage? Yes—avoiding the draft seems highly desirable, and a marriage deferment seems a likely strategy.

Alas, having fallen for a colonel's daughter, a best-laid scheme to fake his enlistment goes awry and he finds himself a private after all. The bulk of the picture follows Hope's efforts to adapt to army life—and his continuing efforts to woo the girl he had originally hoped to marry as a means to deferment.

Dorothy Lamour is quite lovely as the object of Hope's attentions; she's easy to root for as she tries to balance her affection for Bob with her loyalty to her military father, who understandably thinks Hope is an idiot. Clarence Kolb is excellent as the colonel—crusty and acerbic, he nevertheless displays love and grudging patience as well. Eddie Bracken is super as always as the buddy; Lynne Overman is good, too, as the agent who never quite forgets that Hope's safety is his own livelihood.

There's plenty of typical Hope humor—"Of course I'm not a coward. I'm just allergic to bullets"—mixed in with doses of real patriotism from Dorothy: "How do you know? You can be scared and still be a hero. You know, some of the bravest men have been scared to death going over the top. But they kept on going."

It would be a rare Hope movie without at least one winking reference signaling to the audience that we all know it's just a movie; here it's his comment when first glimpsing Lamour through a window: "Mmm, that's a bundle. She looks like Dorothy Lamour with clothes on."

No, it's not as riotously funny as Buck Privates or as wisecrack-packed as My Favorite Brunette, but it's nevertheless a very pleasant and solid little picture.


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