Down 127 this week

Private Buckaroo (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Romance  -  12 June 1942 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 244 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 6 critic

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 »



(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3761 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
a list of 870 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
a list of 50 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
a list of 34 titles
created 7 months ago
a list of 53 titles
created 2 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Private Buckaroo (1942)

Private Buckaroo (1942) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Private Buckaroo.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrews Sisters
Dick Foran ...
Lon Prentice
Lancelot Pringle McBiff
Ernest Truex ...
Col. Elias Weatherford
Jennifer Holt ...
Joyce Mason
Sgt. 'Muggsy' Shavel
Richard Davies ...
Lt. Howard Mason
Bonnie-Belle Schlopkiss
Peggy Ryan ...
Huntz Hall ...
Cpl. Anemic
Susan Levine ...
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills ...
Vocal Group
Harry James
Harry James and His Music Makers ...
The Music Makers


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Music | Romance | War


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Private Buckaroo  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


We're in the Army Now
Sung by Dick Foran as "I'm in the Army Now"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

15 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This really doesn't try to amount to much but a World War II entertainment vehicle. The Andrews Sisters, Dick Foran, Huntz Hall, and Shemp from the Three Stooges (Yes!) all are here, the main story is about a singer wanting to get into combat service but can't because of flat feet, and there's some other minor needer-natters going on too, but there's nothing earth-shattering divulged here. No, you'll be getting a dozen or so songs, most of them heavily patriotic, most of them hardly known today (I actually recognized Rinky-Dinky-Parlez-Vous only because I've heard it recently). This movie IS fun, actually. The Andrews Sisters know how to entertain (watch them!) and are supported nicely by a wide range of entertainers. Foran is a great trumpeter, and Shemp does his whole Three Stooges routine without a Curly or Moe around. A little gem.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I want to watch - tagalong bbbuck
Combat Movie?? kfipaul
Discuss Private Buckaroo (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: