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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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Jack Benny
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Joe E. Brown
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Eddie Cantor
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Kitty Carlisle
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Joan Crawford
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Helmut Dantine
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Faye Emerson
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Victor Francen
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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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Ho baciato una stella  »

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Trivia

The first film appearance by Joan Crawford since she bought her way out of her MGM contract in 1942. 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 »

Quotes

Sgt. Nowland: Goodbye you wonderful package of animal instinct.
[they kiss passionately]
Studio Guide: Every time I look at the Hollywoodland sign, I'll remember...
Sgt. Nowland: I'll meet you there after the war... and we'll unscrew all the bulbs!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Features The Hard Way (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballet in Jive
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf
Danced by Joan McCracken and ensemble
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Pure entertainment which can never again be duplicated
12 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you want suspense, drama, excitement - find another movie. This is pure entertainment with a huge cast of top name stars. The story is a poor excuse to parade the big names, but who cares about plot when you have this historical document demonstrating how "old fashion decent folks" used to behave. The canteen was real, the stars banded together to do their part for the war effort. As a retired military officer I remember the good days when the military was respected and treated just as good as it was shown in the movie.

I could never imagine todays self centered stars banding together to do something similar to the Hollywood canteen. Hurray for Hollywood - the real entertainment folks with true talent.


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