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The Old Army Game (1943)

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Private Donald is caught going AWOL and Sgt. Pete is waiting in his barraks for him.


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Uncredited cast:
Sgt. Pete (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (uncredited)


Private Donald Duck has snuck off base for some unauthorized R&R. But his clever ruse (a dummy and a sound effects record) don't fool Sergeant Pete, who's waiting for him when he sneaks back in. Donald hides in one of three boxes and plays the shell game for a while, until Pete throws the box with Donald along the top of a sharp fence, sawing it in half. Donald lands in a hole, and both he and Pete think he's been sawed in half, for a while. Donald discovers he's OK, but his joy is shortlived when Pete gives chase (a chase slowed considerably by the 35 MPH national speed limit). Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Facéties militaires  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sgt. Pete: [pretending to be a fellow cadet] We sure pulled n on the sarge, didn't we, pal?
Donald Duck: Heh heh, yeah, we sure pulled one over alright.
[Pete flexes his arm muscles to mess with Donald's head, Donald gets up to see Pet's arm and following to Pete's face where they meet eye to eye]
Donald Duck: WAK!
Sgt. Pete: Yeah, it's me.
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Referenced in Pawn Stars: Extreme Pawnover (2014) See more »

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A treat for fans of both Donald and Pete!
3 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I happen to love Disney and both these characters, especially Donald. And I find The Old Army Game to be one of their finest efforts together. The animation is wonderful, with the colours vibrant and the backgrounds fluid and always interesting to look at. And The Old Army Game also contains some of the best character animation I've seen for both Donald and Pete. I have always loved the music in the Disney cartoons, and The Old Army Game is no exception, right from the rousing main theme to the typically energetic and action-enhancing background scoring. The story is crisply paced and very tightly told, helped by the fantastic rapport between Donald and Pete and the imaginatively timed and funny sight gags. The missing legs and suicide attempt sequence is the highlight, both uproarious and disturbing. Clarence Nash and Billy Bletcher are as ever impeccable. In conclusion, a real treat in every regard. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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