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Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

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Mike Kellin ...
Jimmie Dundee ...
Dick Stabile ...
Tommy Farrell ...
Cpl. Clark
Frank Hyers ...
Cpl. Shaughnessy
Danny Dayton ...
Supply Sgt. Miller (as Dan Dayton)
William Mendrek ...
Capt. Ernest Caldwell
Kenneth Forbes ...
Lt. Davenport
Paul Livermore ...
Pvt. Jack Edwards
Ty Perry ...
Lt. Terray
Jean Ruth ...
Millie
Angela Greene ...
Mrs. Deborah Caldwell
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Helen Palmer
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Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

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THE FUNNIEST PICTURE EVER! (re-release print ad - all caps) See more »

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17 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Krach mit der Kompanie  »

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Although Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin had appeared together in films twice before, this marks their first starring vehicle as a comedy duo. See more »

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In the scene where Sgt. McVay is checking for dust, he wipes his dirty fingers on Corwin's shirt, leaving a dirty smudge. On the next shot, Corwin's shirt is clean again. See more »

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Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
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Music and Lyrics by J.R. Shannon
Sung by Dean Martin
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Martin and Lewis become movie stars
23 June 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

A decade earlier, Abbott and Costello became movie stars with a pair of World War II military films, "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy." Here Martin and Lewis march in their bootsteps during the Korean War. The plotted and scripted comedy framework for this film may not be anything special, but the Martin and Lewis set pieces remain great. With hindsight, you can see the grounds for the pair's breakup this early in their career. Martin is charming when he's allowed to sing or do a solo bit, but his character is an unsympathetic bully to Lewis' hapless fumbler -- Bud Abbott at his most brutal to poor Costello.

The glimpses of bits of their stage and radio act, however, are funny -- their byplay before a band; their imitation of Bing Crosby (Martin, of course) and Barry Fitzgerald (Lewis)in "Going My Way"; Lewis in blonde drag (with a hairy chest showing over the v-neck of his dress) singing a husky-voiced torch song to Mike Kellin, and Martin's underplayed double-take and mumbled, "No, couldn't be," as he passes by them.

One special highlight is Polly Bergen in an early brief part as Martin's girlfriend. (The movie's credits read "introducing Polly Bergen," but IMDb lists two previous roles for her, one just a voice part.) This is Bergen before she had an absolutely perfect face with an absolutely perfect nose, but still, as Martin sings "You and Your Beautiful Eyes" to her, she is given a lengthy, star-making closeup in which she smiles and becomes luminous, and her future career is assured.


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