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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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Joe E. Brown
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Eddie Cantor
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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 »

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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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Spoofed in Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946) See more »

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Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Played on the accordion on the hospital ship
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Nice tribute to World War II servicemen...but the corn is green!
27 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

A slim story, a grab-bag of musical interludes (some good, some bad), "Hollywood Canteen" is a long, uneven tribute to the great Hollywood Canteen begun by stars like Bette Davis and John Garfield.

But, oh that corn! The story features a star-struck soldier (Robert Hutton) with a yen to meet Joan Leslie. The storyline spins around their meeting, their romance, misunderstandings and--well, the usual Hollywood bittersweet ending as he goes off to war.

Along the way there are some nice bits by the Warner contract players, the best of which are Jack Benny (and violin), Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Paul Henried and Barbara Stanwyck. Good music by Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra, Sons of the Pioneers and The Andrews Sisters. Fun to see Roy Rogers and Trigger as he does "Don't Fence Me In".

But the script is a sappy thing, a hodge-podge of well-worn cliches that defeats Dane Clark (as a rather brash, obnoxious kind of soldier) and everyone else--mushy and sentimental and corny to the nth degree. A nice surprise is Bette Davis--she looks wonderful and gives a charming and natural performance as herself.

Ann Sheridan refused to play the role of the movie star and was replaced by Joan Leslie. She said it was unrealistic to depict the romance between a movie star and a starry-eyed soldier as ever happening at the canteen. I guess she knew what she was doing.

If you enjoy star-filled musicals, take a peek instead at "Thank Your Lucky Stars", a much more entertaining piece of silliness with an all-star cast.


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