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Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players. Written by
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All star flag waving froth for the war time movie fan.
Pretty much this is Paramount's contribution to the war effort in 1942.
Plot basically sees Victor Moore as Pop, who by way of some deceit has
to keep up the pretence to his sailor son Johnny Webster (Eddie
Bracken) that he is head of the studio, when in fact he is just a
gatekeeper there. As Johnny and his sailor pals make their way to the
studio, Pop, aided by switchboard operator Polly Judson (Betty Hutton),
sets about putting on a all star show for the boys. Cue sketches and
variety turns by a ream of Paramount performers. Some of the situ
comedy works, such as Bob Hope in the shower with William Bendix and
Hutton trying to scale a wall aided by two bendy blokes, other moments,
however, fall a little flat. But when the froth is war-oriented or the
stars are poking fun at themselves, it scores well and the musical
numbers are never less than pleasant.
Good old time cinema while it's also fun to play spot the star. 7/10
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