This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 23 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »
The other reviewers have been dubious about this movie. I can't understand why. It doesn't have the dorky charm of the series opener, "Tanks a Million," but it's a lot funnier, from the marvelous opening scene in which Sgt. Ames (Joe Sawyer) loses control of a unit he's drilling because they hear not only his commands but also the military-style orders Sgt. Doubleday (William Tracy) is giving his dog as obedience training, to the great scene in which Mrs. Culpepper (Margaret Dumont) systematically tears into Ames as an example of the "semi-moron" type thereby proving that Dumont could dish it out just as well as she could take it in her seven films with the Marx Brothers to the finale, admittedly ripped off from Laurel and Hardy's 1928 silent short "Two Tars" (also a Hal Roach production), the sort of slow-paced "tit for tat" gag Leo McCarey developed for Laurel and Hardy at Roach in the late 1920's, this is a laugh-riot start to finish.
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