Captain Gillis (Frank Faylen) puts Sergeant "Dodo" Doubleday (William Tracy), because of his photographic memory, on a candidates list for Officer's Training School ahead of Sergeant ...
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Captain Gillis (Frank Faylen) puts Sergeant "Dodo" Doubleday (William Tracy), because of his photographic memory, on a candidates list for Officer's Training School ahead of Sergeant William Ames (Joe Sawyer), much to the dismay of the Ames. The latter, in an effort to make Doubleday look bad, puts him in charge of the training of the Hatfield clan, a raw-to-the-max group of recruits from Kentucky. That they are all sharp-shooters does Doubleday no harm. Meanwhile, across town, a highly-respected citizen named Arnold Benedict (Clyde Filmore) and his tall squeeze Lydia (Rebel Randall) open up an in-house canteen for the soldiers. That Arnold is a German Spy comes as no great surprise to students of American history or Hal Roach films. Joan (Jean Porter), Dodo's girl friend (and ample proof that Dodo is smarter than he looks and acts), discovers that all the house-plants in the house are armed with listening devices feeding directly to the basement where most of Hollywood's German-actor... Written by
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This film was first purchased for telecast in New York City in mid-1948 by WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally released theatrically between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. However, no record of WPIX ever showing the film has been found. Its earliest documented telecast in the New York City area occurred on WJZ (Channel 7), who picked up the Roach package after WPIX was finished with it, on Tuesday 9 August 1949. In Los Angeles, its initial television presentation took place Tuesday 23 November 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »
This is another amusing episode in the "Sergeant Doubleday' series of streamliners from the Hal Roach studio, full of pratfalls and mugging. The streamliners were short features intended for double or triple bills, averaging about 50 minutes. This series is made amusing by the contrasting of Doubleday, a draftee with photographic memory, made a sergeant for it, and his would-be nemesis Sergeant Ames, a twenty-year man who keeps trying to one-up Doubleday and fails continually.
This episode is enlivened when the two of them are given new trainees. Doubleday's bunch are Kentucky mountain men, ringled by Arthur Hunnicutt who spent the 1950s and 1960s playing the type. Frank Faylen also shows up as Captain Gillis. Presumably after the war he retired and reared his son, Dobie.
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