5.9/10
291
24 user 6 critic

Private Buckaroo (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 12 June 1942 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Edmund Kelso), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young Sherry Williams dreams of having a singing career, and she idolizes her older sister Josephine, who has gone to New York to perform on the stage. When Sherry is distraught just before... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Jane Powell, Ralph Bellamy, Constance Moore
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott, Pola Negri
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Packed with music by the greats of the time.

Director: Joseph Kohn
Stars: Cholly Atkins, Louie Bellson, Delta Rhythm Boys
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Extravaganza with lots of music legends from the 50s.

Director: Joseph Kohn
Stars: Lionel Hampton, Faye Adams, Bill Bailey
Road Show (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger, and escapes by feigning insanity. The joke's on him when he wakes up in an asylum full of comical lunatics. There ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Roach
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, John Hubbard
Second Chorus (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of entertainers visit the home of a radio singer to try to get her to book them on her show.

Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: The Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A pair of hit songwriters fall in love with an ex-film star and her friend, but a blackmailer arrives to disrupt the romances. Based on William Field's short story "Temperamental Lady."

Director: Ralph Staub
Stars: Roger Pryor, Grace Bradley, William Newell
Mr. Imperium (1951)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A beautiful singer/dancer turned actress and playboy crown prince turned monarch have their clandestine romance interfered with by their changing circumstances.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main
Buck Privates (1941)
Comedy | Musical | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Cheryl Walker, William Terry, Judith Anderson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Lancelot Pringle McBiff
...
Col. Elias Weatherford
...
Joyce Mason
...
Sgt. 'Muggsy' Shavel
...
Lt. Howard Mason
...
Bonnie-Belle Schlopkiss
...
Donny
...
Peggy
...
Cpl. Anemic
Susan Levine ...
Tagalong
...
Vocal Group
...
Harry James and His Orchestra ...
The Music Makers (as Harry James and His Music Makers)
Edit

Storyline

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 Andrewses 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 Apple Tree. Arguably, Shemp's best solo feature film credit. Written by ThreeStooges.net

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

IT JUMPS! IT JIVES! It rocks with red hot rhythm! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Showsoldat James  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?


Soundtracks

Steppin' Out Tonight
(uncredited)
Based on the song "That's The Moon, My Son"
Original written by Art Kassel and Sammy Gallop
Performed by The Andrews Sisters with Harry James and His Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
lively, zippy, peppy, and fun
31 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At just over an hour, this film does not exceed its welcome, despite the acquired taste of the Andrews Sisters. Patti, Laverne and Maxene were perky and certainly had good voices, but their screen personalities are either OTT (Patti) or dull (the others). To carry a film, it just doesn't work.

Elsewhere there's Harry James and his Music Makers; Harry gets drafted and the band go with him (even the one with a flat foot), and that's about all the plot is.

There's a funny restaurant sketch, and some nice songs and music, and the film passes the time without making the viewer cringe. It is a typical flagwaver, a patriotic morale-booster.

Oh, and it has a 16-year old Donald O'Connor, showing a flash of promise of what would come later, along with Peggy Ryan.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?