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See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, War | March 1944 (USA)
Journalist Marion Hargrove enters the Army intending to supplement his income by writing about his training experiences. He muddles through basic training at Fort Bragg with the ... See full summary »

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Journalist Marion Hargrove enters the Army intending to supplement his income by writing about his training experiences. He muddles through basic training at Fort Bragg with the self-serving help of a couple of buddies intent on cutting themselves in on that extra income. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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In the Army and Marine Corps artillery, the unit organization of "battery" is the equivalent of a "company" throughout the rest of the military. The size of the unit varies, but consists of roughly 150 personnel. Usually commanded by a captain, the battery or company will have three fighting units, each led by a lieutenant. The senior enlisted man will be a First Sergeant who advises the battery/company commander on enlisted .matters and provides additional leadership. See more »

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Followed by Private Hargrove (1965) See more »

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You're in the Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones and lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
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Likable, but Dated
15 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The running gag of scrubbing garbage cans (kp) as punishment may resonate with some of us old enough, but it's a slender thread on which to hang an entire comedy. Besides, it's a thing of the past, what with the new volunteer army that doesn't sign-up to clean garbage cans. Trouble is that Hargrove (Walker) can't stay off kp since he's a perennial screw-up, and though the episodes are well-timed, they do wear pretty thin. The movie's based on the real-life Hargrove's experiences in Army Basic Training. As Hargrove, Walker is relentlessly upbeat and energetic, reminding me of a young Jack Lemmon, while the movie itself showcases his talents more than anything else.

As a service comedy, the film is much tamer than the uproarious service comedies of the 50's (e.g. Mr. Roberts {1955}; Operation Mad Ball {1957}). But then, audiences of the 50's could relax and enjoy a lighter side of WWII since they didn't have to face a shooting war on the outside. I expect that accounts for this film's milder approach, which bases its humor on character instead of uproarious situations. After all, training for war might have a lighter side, but it should not be made to look too funny, even for escapist-seeking wartime audiences (1944).

Anyway, I agree that as a comedy, the movie is pretty thin gruel, especially after six decades. Still, the main characters are lively and likable, while Walker is quite good at being youthfully naïve, which may be just enough for a slow evening.


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