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Private Snuffy Smith (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 16 January 1942 (USA)
Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents, headed by Cooper, and decides to take the army up on their offer of free clothes, food and $21.00 a month. Once ... See full summary »


(as Edward Cline)


(comic strip "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith"), (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview:
General Rosewater
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Andria Palmer ...
Janie (as Andraia Palmer)
Patrick McVey ...
Lloyd (as Pat McVeigh)
Frank Austin ...
Saul, Cindy's Father


Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents, headed by Cooper, and decides to take the army up on their offer of free clothes, food and $21.00 a month. Once enlisted, he finds that revenue agent Cooper is his sergeant. Don, a hillbilly soldier friend of Snuffy, has invented a range finder, but it is stolen by some fifth columnists and hidden in Snuffy's bag. Snuffy decides he has all the army discipline he cares for and heads back to Smokey Mountain, followed closely by the enemy agents. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT;S BODACIOUS! America's favorite comic strip leaps to hilarious life on the screen...with the peskiest, sassiest varmit ever to wear cacky britches! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

16 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Snuffy Smith, Yard Bird  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film's credits misspell Mrs. Snuffy Smith's name as "Lowizie", it was spelled "Loweezy" in the comic strip. See more »


Followed by Hillbilly Blitzkrieg (1942) See more »


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by Ole Olsen (as Olsen) and Chic Johnson (as Johnson), Jay Livingston (as Jay Levinson),
Ray Evans
Sung by Jimmie Dodd (uncredited)
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Possibly one of the worst films of the 1940s!
21 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The characters from this are from the comic strip "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" by Billy DeBeck. And, like most films based on strips, this one is bad….no, horrible is more like it! In fact, it may just be the most horrible film of the 1940s. Yes, it's THAT bad.

Snuffy Smith and his very stereotypical hick friends are the stars of this monstrosity. While they might look and sound a lot like the original characters, this is NOT a plus. They come off as grotesque and terribly offensive. It's hard to believe, but the folks make those from "Li'l Abner" seem like Shakespearian actors by comparison. Lots of moonshine, hick humor and the like wears incredibly thin after only a few minutes. In many ways, it is reminiscent in style to the 1980 horror "Popeye" but, and I NEVER thought I'd ever say this, the horrible "Popeye" is a better film. "Private Snuffy Smith" simply has horrible writing, horribly broad characters and not even a single entertaining moment in this rotten movie. The only things of minor interest are seeing Edgar Kennedy and Jimmy Dodd (later of "The Mickey Mouse Club" fame), but they, too, are simply terrible. The film is so bad that I can clearly understand how it was able to slip into the public domain! No one would want to claim ownership over this mess. Even Ed Wood would have been ashamed to put his name on it!

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