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Writer:
Delmer Daves (original screen play)
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Release Date:
31 December 1944 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
62 Stars in Warners' Biggest Ever! See more »
Plot:
Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
A movie that's great fun, with a sad, ironic undercurrent See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters (as Andrews Sisters)

Jack Benny ... Jack Benny

Joe E. Brown ... Joe E. Brown

Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Cantor

Kitty Carlisle ... Kitty Carlisle

Jack Carson ... Jack Carson

Dane Clark ... Sgt. Nowland

Joan Crawford ... Joan Crawford
Helmut Dantine ... Helmut Dantine

Bette Davis ... Bette Davis

Faye Emerson ... Faye Emerson
Victor Francen ... Victor Francen

John Garfield ... John Garfield

Sydney Greenstreet ... Sydney Greenstreet

Alan Hale ... Alan Hale

Paul Henreid ... Paul Henreid

Robert Hutton ... Cpl. Slim Green

Andrea King ... Andrea King

Joan Leslie ... Joan

Peter Lorre ... Peter Lorre

Ida Lupino ... Ida Lupino
Irene Manning ... Irene Manning
Nora Martin ... Hostess
Joan McCracken ... Specialty Dancer

Dolores Moran ... Dolores Moran

Dennis Morgan ... Dennis Morgan

Janis Paige ... Studio Guide

Eleanor Parker ... Eleanor Parker

William Prince ... William Prince
Joyce Reynolds ... Joyce Reynolds
John Ridgely ... John Ridgely

Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers

Trigger ... Trigger

S.Z. Sakall ... Himself

Zachary Scott ... Zachary Scott

Alexis Smith ... Alexis Smith

Barbara Stanwyck ... Barbara Stanwyck

Craig Stevens ... Craig Stevens
Joseph Szigeti ... Performer

Donald Woods ... Donald Woods

Jane Wyman ... Jane Wyman
Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra ... Jimmy Dorsey Band (as Jimmy Dorsey and His Band)
Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra ... Carmen Cavallaro and Orchestra
The Golden Gate Quartette ... Golden Gate Quartette, (as Golden Gate Quartette)
Antonio ... Dancer (as Rosario & Antonio)
Sons of the Pioneers ... Sons of the Pioneers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rosario ... Dancer (as Rosario & Antonio)
William Alcorn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Alexander ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews (uncredited)
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (uncredited)
Patty Andrews ... Patty Andrews (uncredited)
Lynn Baggett ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
Marvin Bailey ... Vocal Group Member (uncredited)

Diana Barrymore ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)

Julie Bishop ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
Betty Brodel ... Betty (uncredited)
Paul Brooks ... Busboy (uncredited)
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Brodel (uncredited)
Betty Bryson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dwight Butcher ... Soldier Getting Married (uncredited)
Carmen Cavallaro ... Carmen Cavallaro (uncredited)
Jack Coffey ... Dancer (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Norwegian Sailor (uncredited)
Jimmy Dorsey ... Jimmy Dorsey (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Studio Gate Guard (uncredited)

Richard Erdman ... Soldier on Deck (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Hostess (uncredited)
Rudolf Friml Jr. ... Performer (uncredited)
Ceferino García ... Soldier (uncredited)
Hayes Gordon ... Serviceman (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Hostess (uncredited)
Angela Greene ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Mr. Brodel (uncredited)
Willie Johnson ... Member, Golden Gate Quartette (uncredited)
Harry Kaufman ... Pianist with Szigeti (uncredited)
Bill Kennedy ... Busboy (uncredited)

Dorothy Malone ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Diner without Spoon (uncredited)
Jack Mattis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mack McLean ... Vocal Group Member (uncredited)
Chef Milani ... Chef Milani (uncredited)
Johnny Mitchell ... Busboy (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Juice-Stand Proprietor (uncredited)

Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan (uncredited)
Marianne O'Brien ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
Henry Owens ... Member, Golden Gate Quartet (uncredited)
Virginia Patton ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)
LeRoy Prinz ... LeRoy Prinz (uncredited)
Clyde Riddick ... Golden Gate Quartet Member (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Salior Kissed by Cantor (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ... Vocal Group Member (uncredited)

Robert Shayne ... Busboy (uncredited)
John Sheridan ... Busboy (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Photographer (uncredited)
Freddie Steele ... South American Sailor (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Attractive Woman (uncredited)

Mark Stevens ... Soldier on Deck (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Car Delivery Man (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Army Captain (uncredited)
William Terry ... Marine #999,999 in Line (uncredited)
Colleen Townsend ... Junior Hostess (uncredited)

George Turner ... Tough Marine (uncredited)
Willard Van Simmons ... Dancer (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... Canteen Director (uncredited)
Orlandus Wilson ... Member, Golden Gate Quartet (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Busboy (uncredited)
Alfred Ybarra ... Set Designer at Desk (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
Delmer Daves (original screen play)

Produced by
Alex Gottlieb .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Christian Nyby (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter  (as Leo Kuter)
 
Set Decoration by
Casey Roberts (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Helene King .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Chuck Hansen .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Sheld .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John More .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Gerald W. Alexander .... effects mixer (uncredited)
Gerald W. Alexander .... re-recordist (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne .... re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Detlefsen .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Benny Cohan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joe Cramer .... best boy (uncredited)
Mack Elliott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... wardrobe
Martha Bunch .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... music adaptor
LeRoy Prinz .... musical numbers created and directed by
Fletcher Henderson .... arranger (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Muriel Allen .... research assistant (uncredited)
Herman Lissauer .... research director (uncredited)
Florence O'Neill .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
Originally conceived by Warner Bros. as a multi-studio (like the actual Hollywood Canteen) WWII effort with rival studios (Fox, Paramount, MGM, etc.) contributing cameo appearances by its stars. But when other studios balked at having performers appear (even though profits were reportedly earmarked for war effort), Warner turned it into a single-studio affair.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:We'll sit under the Hollywoodland sign and unscrew all the bulbs!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Warner at War (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gettin' Corns for My CountrySee more »

FAQ

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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A movie that's great fun, with a sad, ironic undercurrent, 5 June 2001
Author: Dr. John Fox (drdisc) from West Chester, Pennsylvania

I am a great fan of the late John Garfield. If you are a Garfield buff, it may surprise you to learn that anyone would consider Hollywood Canteen a great Garfield film since he's on screen for such a very short time and since he did so many more "substantive" vehicles like "Body and Soul", "Gentleman's Agreement", "The Breaking Point", and "Force of Evil".

But you'd have to understand that the idea for the real Hollywood Canteen originated with Garfield, supposedly after he paid a visit to the famous Stage Door Canteen in New York. He got together with Bette Davis, and between them they persuaded all the major studios to support a similar place in Hollywood where servicemen could relax, have fun, and mingle with movie stars.

The movie's plot is utterly preposterous, but that makes no difference. The chemistry between stars Joan Leslie and Robert Hutton is wonderful. Joan's role was originally to have been played by Ann Sheridan, but she turned it down because she, too, thought the idea of a soldier on leave falling in love with a movie star at the Canteen and actually getting a chance to spend some with her was ridiculous.

In my opinion, Joan turned out to be absolutely perfect. She was quite young when the movie was made (only 18 or 19), but one of Warner Brothers' most popular actresses of the early 1940s.

Formal reviews of Hollywood Canteen at the time it was released tended to pan the movie, even though it was a commercial success. But for today's audiences it's two hours of great fun. There are terrific song and dance numbers by some of Hollywood's best.

The great irony of this movie has to do with what happened to John Garfield. Declared 4-F because of a heart condition, Garfield repeatedly tried to enlist but was turned down. He gave tirelessly of himself, entertaining troops in USO shows stateside and in Europe. Even Bette Davis acknowledged that he was the driving force behind the Canteen.

So it is inconceivable to me that someone who gave so much of himself to the war effort could have been blacklisted as a communist sympathizer. His career and his life were ruined, and he died suddenly in May, 1952.

As the great playwright, Clifford Odets, wrote in his letter to The New York Times the Sunday after Garfield died, "Despite any and all gossip to the contrary, I, who was in a position to know, state without equivocation that of all his possessions Garfield was proudest of his American heritage, even rudely so."

Anyway, enough of this heavy stuff. If you get a chance to see Hollywood Canteen, don't miss it. It's great entertainment.

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