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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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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 »

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

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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Hollywood Canteen
(1944) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf and M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Performed by The Andrews Sisters during the opening credits
Played occasionally in the score
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Another One For The Boys In Uniform
28 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I've got a weak spot when it comes to these all star extravaganzas which can never be again. With the old Hollywood studio system gone there's no place where all this talent can gather under one roof for the same picture. Put a film like this today it would have the budget of a second world country.

The plots of these things are invariably silly, in this one it's GI Robert Hutton becoming the one millionth serviceman to enter the Hollywood Canteen and he gets an all expense weekend there with the girl of his dreams, Warner Brothers star Joan Leslie. That was part of the mythology of the day, if the film were done at Columbia Rita Hayworth might have been the object of Hutton's desires. That one I can believe a little more.

The Hollywood Canteen in real life was the inspiration and personal project of Bette Davis and John Garfield and they preside over the film and it's many guest stars, mostly from the Warner Brothers lot.

One exception to the rule was Roy Rogers who came over from Republic Pictures and brought the Sons of the Pioneers with him. I wonder what Herbert J. Yates got out of Jack Warner for Rogers's services? Anyway Roy gets to introduce the Cole Porter classic Don't Fence Me In in this film.

Later on the Andrews Sisters sing it and they had a big hit record with Don't Fence Me In with Decca though they sang it with a well known crooner from that other studio Paramount for Decca Records.

Joan Crawford made her first appearance at Warner Brothers in this film after leaving MGM. She dances with GI Dane Clark who after seeing combat in the Pacific faints at the realization he's dancing with JOAN CRAWFORD. Those were the days.

Still I love these films so.


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