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Private Buckaroo (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  12 June 1942 (USA)
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A Universal Army enlistment promotion, produced as a musical showcase for Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, and Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan. The film's thin plot has James ... See full summary »

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Dick Foran ...
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Lancelot Pringle McBiff
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Col. Elias Weatherford
Jennifer Holt ...
Joyce Mason
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Sgt. 'Muggsy' Shavel
Richard Davies ...
Lt. Howard Mason
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Bonnie-Belle Schlopkiss
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Donny
Peggy Ryan ...
Peggy
Huntz Hall ...
Cpl. Anemic
Susan Levine ...
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The Jivin' Jacks and Jills ...
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Harry James and His Music Makers ...
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A Universal Army enlistment promotion, produced as a musical showcase for Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, and Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan. The film's thin plot has James drafted, and joining him is the band's lead vocalist Lon Prentice (Dick Foran), who doesn't believe that Army training and regulations are necessary for anyone of his skill and fame. Shemp Howard steals the film whenever James and the Andrews aren't performing. As Sgt. Snavely, he's effectively teamed with Mary Wickes as his shrewish fiancée, trying desperately to keep her away from the attentions of nightclub comic and USO performer Lancelot Pringle McBiff (Joe E. Lewis). Shemp also has the opportunity to clown onstage with the Andrews Sisters during a musical finale, as they perform Don't Sit Under the Appletree. Arguably, Shemp's best solo feature film credit. Written by ThreeStooges.net

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The Hottest Band in All the Land and that Top Trio of Tuneful Treats! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance | War

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12 June 1942 (USA)  »

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We've Got a Job to Do
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Written by Vickie Knight
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Those Jumpin Jacks and Jills!
19 April 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Completely fascinating and in retrospect a bit sad (conveyor belt recruitment) this is a Universal Pictures musical from an innocent age that served as a morale booster for teens........... the musical numbers are good, the cast incredible (Shemp and Mary Wickes play a couple like Popeye and Oliveoil......! yes, true!) and the Harry James music is excellent. I am constantly flabbergasted at silly criticisms of old films that some people write here feel don't fit this century.....these are films from another age with another sensibility and that is part of their interesting charm. The dance number with the Jumping Jacks and Jills is a teen sensation and I defy anyone to not be thrilled (and a bit moved) by the momentary celebration of their dance skill and enthusiasm. Just enjoy an have a great time watching this great film from 1942.......


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