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Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1942, p. 13.


by Hedda Hopper

Grand Idea--but--

There's no doubt about it, Bette Davis, John Garfield and other top stars would like to put over a Stage Door Canteen at Ciro's. But there are many problems. In New York, the canteen is within walking distance of all theaters. There actors work nights and sleep days. Here actors work from 6 a.m. until--? Just try facing that candid camera without sleep! Sure, we have great talent in this town. But with the Vac's two canteens at Fort MacArthur, Blue Jackets at San Pedro and Terminal Island, and the USO--and those take care of about 7,000 nightly--the question is, do we need a Stage Door Canteen in Hollywood?


Chicago Daily News, Saturday, December 30, 1944, p. 15, c. 1:

Stars Galore On Parade in Canteen Film

by Carl Guldager

Praise for this project is eloquent and sometimes borders on self-praise, but the stars sincere contributions of time and talent cannot be denied. And even the picture earns its profits partly for servicemen.

"Hollywood Canteen" is a pleasant potpourri seasoned to everybody's taste.


Chicago Daily Times, Wednesday, January 3, 1945 [extract]:

Doris Arden says: 'Hollywood Canteen' [three and a half stars]

"Hollywood Canteen" is an extravagant, good-humored, amiable and rather aimless film which contains all the movie stars that Warner Brothers were able to round up for a camera appearance.

It might as well be admitted right at the start, that pictures about canteens are not apt to come under the heading of great drama and that they are quitely likely to be burdened with childish plots. On the other hand, they are crammed with good-humored entertainment and the people in the cast invariably behave in a disarmingly friendly fashion.

Robert Hutton plays the role appealingly although, just at the beginning before the story really swings into action, you'll find Mr. Hutton's lump-in-the-throat awe of movie stars grows a little tiresome.


Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, January 2, 1945, p. 15, c. 5 [extract]:

Movie Colony Takes a Bow for War Work

by Mae Tine

Them as likes big names will probably want to rush right over to the Roosevelt to see this movie, which is Hollywood telling the world what Hollywood does for the service men, and being pretty wide-eyed about it all.

The canteen must be fun for service men, and some parts of the film are good entertainment, but judicious cutting would have been a great help.. The film runs 124 minutes, which is much too much for my taste.


Chicago Sun, Monday, January 1, 1945, p. 14, c. 5 [extract]:

'Hollywood Canteen' Film Glorifies the Original

by Henry T. Murdock

The photoplay, now ensconced in the Roosevelt, glorifies the subject of its title. Once in a while, perhaps, there is the felling that our gods and goddesses of the silver screen are looking into the mirror with a certain "Little Jack Horner" expression, but their record and that of the Hollywood Canteen has been so good that one can forgive a slight dash of narcissism.

Furthermore, 40 per cent of the profits of the film are to be turned over to the canteen which is another shining asset to the production.

All in all, its a sprawly affair but its heart and purpose are in the right place.


Chicago Herald-American, Wednesday, January 3, 1945, p. 9, c. 4 [extract].

'Hollywood Canteen' Chuck Full of Entertainment

by Rob Reel

The plot is understandably thin, for most of the footage is devoted to the appearance of the various stars, who give you a fairly accurate screen view of what really goes on in the famous canteen.

On the fiction side, the picture gives you Robert Hutton as a shy soldier, Dane Clark as his buddy, and Janis Paige playing a pretty little messenger girl whom the boys mistake for a movie star.

Other members of the cast play themselves. Just glance at the list of players and you can imagine the kind of entertainment that's in store for you. "Hollywood Canteen" is sure to give you more than your money's worth.


The hit Warner Bros. film, Hollywood Canteen, opened in Chicago on Saturday, December 30, 1944 at the Roosevelt theatre (no longer standing). The film ran four weeks in the Loop, and then was sent out to the "nabes."


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