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Tanks a Million (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  12 September 1941 (USA)
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An Army draftee with a good memory makes sergeant and saves the day.


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Complete credited cast:
William Tracy ...
Col. 'Spitfire' Barkley
Charlie Cobb
Joe Sawyer ...
Elyse Knox ...
Capt. Rossmead
Knox Manning ...
Radio Interviewer Cardigan
Pvt. Skivic
Dick Wessel ...
Pvt. Monkman
Frank Melton ...
Pvt. Cleary
Harold Goodwin ...
Lt. Caldwell
William Gould ...
Maj. Greer


An Army draftee with a good memory makes sergeant and saves the day.

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Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Sabichão  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by Mr. Walkie Talkie (1952) See more »


You're in the Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
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James Gleason at his best
20 December 2005 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This cute little pre-war comedy is typical fare for the era. Some nice performances make it a nice little catch for fans of immediate pre-war and wartime comedies. I found it by seeing it on James Gleason's filmography. The fine old character actor turns in one of his better performances as Col. "Spitfire" Barkley. Gleason would later gain notoriety for playing William Bendix's father-in-law in the movie version of Life of Riley and for supporting roles in films such as The Night of the Hunter.

I wasn't familiar with William Tracy, but he impressed me as the lead, "Dodo" Doubleday, a railroad information specialist, turned solider, with a photographic memory and a naïve inability to discern when his knowledge isn't wanted. Joe Sawyer is also amusing as the befuddled Sergeant Ames.

Tanks A Million was surprisingly nominated for an Oscar – for best musical score. I wouldn't have expected it to be nominated for any – although Gleason conceivably could have been in the running for best supporting actor in a comedy. Still, for clean, good old-fashioned fun, this is still a nice little movie.

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