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About Face (1942)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  16 April 1942 (USA)
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Two army sergeants, one dumb-tough and one mild-mannered, get into a saloon brawl, crash a high-society party, and end up in a car wreck.


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Complete credited cast:
William Tracy ...
Joe Sawyer ...
Jean Porter ...
Betty Marlowe
Mrs. Culpepper
Veda Ann Borg ...
Daisy, Blonde Hustler
Joe Cunningham ...
Col. Gunning
Harold Goodwin ...
Capt. Caldwell
Bartender Jerry
Dick Wessel ...
Bartender Charlie
Rental Car Manager


Two army sergeants, one dumb-tough and one mild-mannered, get into a saloon brawl, crash a high-society party, and end up in a car wreck.

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Short | Comedy






Release Date:

16 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antro de Espiões  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Good Roach-style slapstick
6 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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