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Cowboy Canteen (1944)

Passed | | Music, War, Western | 8 February 1944 (USA)
This 1944 film is a song and comedy revue, featuring talents of the day. Nominal plot involves theatrical troupe taking their vacation on the Lazy B Ranch run by Steve Bradley (Charles ... See full synopsis »

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Connie Gray
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Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
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Tex Coulter
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Spud Harrigan (as Guinn [Big Boy] Williams)
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Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls ...
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Jimmy Wakely and His Saddle Pals ...
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Professor Merlin
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Bill Hughes ...
Bill Hughes
Buck Chickie and Buck ...
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This 1944 film is a song and comedy revue, featuring talents of the day. Nominal plot involves theatrical troupe taking their vacation on the Lazy B Ranch run by Steve Bradley (Charles Starrett)... See full synopsis »

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A canteen-full of rootin', tootin'' shootin' fun! See more »

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Music | War | Western

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8 February 1944 (USA)  »

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Cantina dos Vaqueiros  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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On September 1st, 1943, columnist Sheila Graham announced the casting of Shirley Ross, marking Ross' first film appearance in over two years. Less than two weeks later, Ross was forced to withdraw due to illness; she was replaced by Jane Frazee. It was another two years before Ross' next and final film role. See more »

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Professor Merlin's Dummy: Did you know I'm kin to Charlie McCarthy?
Professor Merlin: Charlie McCarthy?
Professor Merlin's Dummy: Yeah.
Professor Merlin: What kin?
Professor Merlin's Dummy: Stepbrother.
Professor Merlin: Oh, stepbrother...?
Professor Merlin's Dummy: Yeah... both made out of the same doorstep.
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De Camptown Races
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Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Jimmy Wakely and His Saddle Pals and by Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls
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More Than the Sum of Its Parts
16 July 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

After "Hollywood Canteen" and "Stage Door Canteen" had been released as flag-wavers intended to raise money for the named USO operations, Columbia got into the act with this effort. As with the earlier two, it was an all-star operation, but in this case it was cowboy stars, with a strong emphasis on singing cowboys, an occasional ventriloquist (in the person of Max Terhune) and the ladies in the show drawn from the Columbia shorts department.

It's a lighthearted effort and a considerable pleasure to see so many of the leading cowboy actors of the era in one spot and an excellent chance to play spot the stars. It's also a fine survey of western music at the time -- at this point, western swing was biggest genre of music in terms of sales -- including swing, ballads, traditional (from Tex Ritter) as well as major talents such as Roy Acuff and the Mills Brothers. As a snapshot of the era, as a musical anthology and as a chance to see more vanished stars than there are in heaven, it's a must-see movie for the real movie fan.


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