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The WAC from Walla Walla (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 October 1952 (USA)


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Cast overview:
Judy Canova
Lt. Tom Mayfield
Gramps Canova
Doris Vail
WAC Sgt. Kearns
Mr. Prentiss
Mr. Redington
Jud Canova
Elizabeth Slifer ...
Betty Canova
Col. Mayfield
Recruiting Sergeant (as Sarah Spencer)
Sgt. Malone
Pattie Chapman ...


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10 October 1952 (USA)  »

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Army Capers  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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17 July 2005 | by (Walla Walla, WA) – See all my reviews

I stumbled across a poster for this film several years ago, and, hailing from Walla Walla, it caught my attention. I finally found this movie on eBay – must be a pirated copy as it's never been released by the studio – and for good reason. Definitely a "B" movie, maybe even a "C," and unfortunately no mention of Walla Walla at all. The film appears to be one in a number of vehicles written specifically for its star – Judy Canova. Who? you ask – good question. Although popular in the 40s and 50s, Canova has not stood the test of time. She plays Judy in the film, a small-town farm girl tricked into joining the WACs (Women's Army Corp). If you think Hee-Haw meets Police Academy you'll have a good idea as to the caliber of this film.

The Canovas are the proud, if inept, descendants of the town's founding father. Once again the town is presumably Walla Walla although its name is never stated other than in the title. Judy's father and grandfather are proud veterans and are thoroughly disappointed when Judy is born as they were hoping for a son to carry on the military tradition.

Disaster seems to follow Judy wherever she goes; some of her incidents are too corny to believe, but others are genuinely funny. She manages to destroy the statue of her great-grandfather numerous times, in a running gag throughout the film that gets old after the first time. More genuine is Judy accidentally stumbling into a group of soldiers running a drill when she gets separated from her WAC division. The men drag her through the obstacle course mistaking her for the bumbling Private Cronkheit (played excellently by Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer).

The reason Judy actually joins the WAC is because it puts her closer to Lt. Tom Mayfield (Stephen Dunne), whom she has a crush on. Unwilling to be outdone, her rival, the much prettier Doris (June Vincent) also joins the WAC. As fate would have it, they both end up assigned to section 13 where Tom and a group of specialists are testing a top secret missile. And the missile falls into the wrong hands – of course – leaving Judy the only one able to save the day.

The acting is mediocre at best. The plot simple, the jokes inane; in other words The WAC from Walla Walla is the perfect 1950s matinée. Don't bother with the film unless you're a die-hard Judy Conova fan. One treat though is seeing Irene Ryan (as WAC Sgt. Kearns) before she became famous as Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies.

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