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A divorced socialite decides to join the Army because she hopes it will enable her to see more of her boyfriend, a Colonel. She soon encounters many difficulties with the Army lifestyle. ... See full summary »

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Lt. Col. Schuyler 'Sky' Fairchild
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Sgt. Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson
Hillary Brooke ...
First Lt. Phyllis Turnbull
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Capt. Murchinson, Company CO
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Gen. Ned Prager
Frieda Inescort ...
Lily Mae Gorham
Louise Beavers ...
Artamesa, Jo's Maid
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Henry, Jo's Servant
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A divorced socialite decides to join the Army because she hopes it will enable her to see more of her boyfriend, a Colonel. She soon encounters many difficulties with the Army lifestyle. Moreover, her ex-husband is working as a consultant with the Army, and he uses his position to disrupt her romantic plans by making her join a group of WACs who are testing new equipment. Written by Snow Leopard

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28 January 1953 (USA)  »

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N'embrassez pas les WACs  »

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Average But Amusing Piece of Fluff and Army Propaganda
22 June 2012 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell became a star at 33 with "His Girl Friday" in 1940. Before that, she did mostly small parts. There's a big gap of nearly 20 years in her career before we see her is some of her best later career movies, like "Auntie Mame," "Gypsy," and the "Trouble with Angels" It is nice to see her in a mid-career piece like this from 1953. I watched it on 100 comedy classics from Mill Creek video.

This is a reasonably funny piece about an aristocratic woman who joins the army expecting to be made an officer immediately because of her high social standing in society. She learns that the army is a democratic institution and goes through normal training as a WAC.

Russell is reasonably delightful. She's given good support by Marie Wilson as a dizzy blond who wants to have a career in intelligence. Paul Douglas plays her husband, perhaps a little too somber and solemn for a piece like this. He's usually better in dramas and film noir.

For those who have seen Abbott and Costello's "Buck Privates" or "Private Benjamin" or "Stripes," or other army comedies, there won't be too many surprises. Still, its a solidly amusing piece of work most of the time. It proves again that joining the army is just like going to summer camp, only with guns.


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