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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1944 (USA)
Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom ... See full summary »

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The Andrews Sisters (as Andrews Sisters)
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Joe E. Brown
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Eddie Cantor
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Kitty Carlisle
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Sgt. Nowland
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Helmut Dantine
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Faye Emerson
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Victor Francen
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John Garfield
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Sydney Greenstreet
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Alan Hale
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Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom he has been dreaming about while in the Pacific. He meets her later at the Farmer's Market. On the third night, Slim is the millionth man into the Canteen, earning him a date with Joan. Slim thinks he's been duped when she doesn't show up at his train. Slim's buddy Sergant dances with Joan Crawford. Canteen President Bette Davis praises the canteen and the war effort. Virtually everyone Warners could spare entertains. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Joan Crawford, so the myth goes, found out that Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck were slated to be in the film as well; she reportedly asked about the billing. After being told it was alphabetical, she realized that "C" came before "D" or "S", and agreed to do the film. See more »

Goofs

When "Slim" is sightseeing in Hollywood at the beginning of the film his infantry division patch (40th Div) is shown on his left shoulder. However, in one scene (right after the swimming pool), the patch is displayed on his right shoulder. See more »

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Alan Hale: [Announcing to the audience in the canteen] Folks! The millionth man!
Bette Davis: Its Slim!. Johnny, you arranged this.
John Garfield: I swear, its on the level.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are displayed rising up over "Hollywood Canteen" sign. See more »

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Referenced in Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingslied [Spring Song] Op.62 #6
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played a bit in the "Gettin' Corns for My Country" number
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Fascinating as history - ordinary as drama.
31 July 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Lots of fun as Hollywood stars pretend to be themselves to entertain the troops. It's all very apple pie and way over long, with musical numbers varying greatly in quality, but with that cast who cares?

Highlights are Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet and Jane Wyman declaring that she's been "Reagan-ized"! But do you believe that Joan Leslie lived in a little cottage with a white picket fence, with her Mom, Pop, Sis and sheep-dog, and was too pure to let a man into her house while her folks were out?

I also think that this film must have made a lot of servicemen believe that by going to the canteen a movie star would fall in love with them. How disappointed they must have been.


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