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Private Snuffy Smith (1942)

 -  Comedy | Romance | War  -  16 January 1942 (USA)
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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:
Bud Duncan ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Sergeant Ed Cooper
Sarah Padden ...
Lowizie Smith
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
General Rosewater
Doris Linden ...
Jimmie Dodd ...
Private Don Elbie
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 <>

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'THEM VARMITS IS PESKY CRITTERS!' Hilarious Snuff Smith and his slow-burning "sarfe" will have you laffin' your pumpkin-haid off as they out-manoover a whole army! (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Romance | War


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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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Followed by Hillbilly Blitzkrieg (1942) See more »


The Yard Bird
by Jimmie Dodd
Sung by Jimmie Dodd (uncredited)
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lotsa hilarious Hicks and hick-ups!
8 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Monogram's well calculated hillbilly comic strip / army antics comedy from 1942 must have made zillions at the box office, given it's time and themes. Hilarious actors Bud Duncan and wife Sarah Padden playing tiny Snuffy Smith and his huge wife Lowzie make a very funny on screen sight. I have to say I watched this under protest; but within 10 minutes found myself laughing at my own prejudice: this is a well made and very entertaining 40s crowd pleaser ...and transfer that into huge crowds watching either in bumpkin Bijous or Army cinemas and the roof would have lifted an many occasions during this farce well connected with its intended audience. The dialog alone spoken in some sort of contrived hillbilly pilgrim Shakespeare is suitably mangled and hilarious. The cheap production adds to the hick locales and tent city of the army; the comic book look and action suit the antics perfectly. I really liked this deliberately silly film and found it a real surprise. Filmed with a real eye for being as crazy as possible with a cast matched (in the credits) to the comic book...well it all is a treat...and "filmed" just around the corner from Dogpatch, I am sure, they would have known Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae, the Beverly Hillbillies and even both Hatfields and MacCoys. Bud Duncan, veteran of over 120 silent comedies is a perfectly diminutive and crafty WC Fields which adds to the film. What a surprise! Republic Pictures must have been soooo jealous of Monogram scoring this bullseye! Remember these silly films were made to entertain wartime audiences sitting in huge theaters, not clever new century us in alone in our DVD allow that notion in your viewing of these old films...and have fun..that's what they are made for!

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