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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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Never heard of this game.
10 July 2004 | by (The Underverse) – See all my reviews

Donald has snuck out of the barracks with the rest of the Privates. But he's the first to return and the first to meet the wrath of Sargent Pete, who is not impressed with his hijinks.

A chase around the barracks follows as Donald hides from Pete and a possible thrashing. At one point Pete chucks Donald along a spiked fence and the little duck believes he's been cut in half. Donald and Pete both shed tears over this awful situation and Donald tries to end it all with a bullet to the brain (sure this would never be allowed in a cartoon today).

A mild plot revolving around a chase, seems more like the basis for a Tom and Jerry. Kinda funny though Donald has done better.

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