Biff and Jeff, two American G.I.'s on furlough in Australia during The Second World War, are enjoying their time the way most soldiers on leave do. When they meet the beautiful Joyce, however, they both fall head over heels for her, and start competing for her attentions. As their R&R time begins to run out, the schemes they each come up with to win her affection and foil the other's plans to do the same become more and more outrageous. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Barely passable `our boys' wartime feel good stuff
After a tour of duty in the South Pacific, an US cruiser returns to base in Australia much to the excitement of the sex starved crew. Old high school buddies and shipmates Jeff and Biff decide to go their separate ways - Biff tells Jeff he is going to the library rather than girl chasing just so that Jeff can't steal his girls. However Jeff still manages to steal away Joyce from Biff by pretending to be him. However Biff reveals him as a fraud, but it only starts Jeff down a road of further trickery to try and win Joyce.
I was attracted to this film by the pun in the title (either `abroad' or `a broad') but it really isn't worth hunting down. The film is basically a film that was made as much for a public audience as it was for screening for the military out on duty. As such it's a cheery affair with little mention of death or war other than gags at the start of the film about `japs' and so on. The plot is just the ramshackle escapades of two marines who are `fighin' the Japanese and chasin' the girls', except that here it is the same girl. It isn't very funny, inventive or clever but it is a typical moral raising comedy that would have been screened in the period.
The cast are very much the type of rough comedians that would have played in the music halls of years gone by, or giving shows for the marines like Bob Hope used to do. Koraski's Biff is pretty enjoyable as is O'Keefe's Jeff. They have a few good lines but really they play it exaggerated like cartoon characters. Walker is the typical blonde, pristine leading lady who is won over by the charms of the marines - just like they all dreamed of meeting in any port.
Overall this is a poor film that won't stick in your memory. It is amiable and amusing at best but it is very much of it's time and won't do the job today. It's worth seeing just to experience the genre but it'll be forgotten even before the end credits finish rolling!
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