Two bumbling GIs manage to get themselves invited to a dinner party at a boarding house "for women only". When the cook comes down with scarlet fever, the authorities quarantine the house ... See full summary »
Two bumbling GIs manage to get themselves invited to a dinner party at a boarding house "for women only". When the cook comes down with scarlet fever, the authorities quarantine the house and the pair find themselves locked up in a house full of attractive women. Written by
RKO's attempted cash-in on Abbott and Costello's BUCK PRIVATES was the first film to feature the comic team of Wally Brown and Alan Carney. In the film they meet at an Army boot camp and soon they get mixed up in all sorts of trouble. Along for the ride is another soldier (Richard Martin) who keeps getting caught up in their hijacks. THE ADVENTURES OF A ROOKIE will probably drive many viewers to a depressed state and I think a lot of it is going to depend on how well you handle Brown and Carney. The duo made seven films together and they weren't successful when originally released and it seems they haven't gained too many fans in the decades that followed. I've actually enjoyed a couple of their horror spoofs (ZOMBIES ON Broadway, GENIUS AT WORK) but it's hard to find anything good to say about this film. At just 64-minutes the film seems to drag on for hours and I really did get the feeling a couple times that it was never going to end. The biggest problem is that there's no screenplay to think of. It's as if RKO was just wanting any comic team in any Army movie so that they could jump on the success of BUCK PRIVATES. The military jokes are all lame and most of the situations simply aren't funny. There's a running gag of a joke about two cars going to Chicago that is old on the first telling and yet it just keeps coming up. Brown and Carney are clearly still not overly used to working with one another as their timing is off and there's just not a good mix going on. THE ADVENTURES OF A ROOKIE is one of the worst examples of a military comedy out there.
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