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Clipped Wings (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 August 1953 (USA)
Slip and Sach to go the local Air Force base to find out why their friend, an Air Force enlisted man, is in the stockade and charged with treason. Mistaking a recruiting office for a ... See full summary »

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Bernard Gorcey ...
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WAF Sgt. Anderson
Todd Karns ...
Lt. Dave Moreno
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Doreen Thompson
Fay Roope ...
Col. Davenport
Mary Treen ...
Mildred
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Allison
David Gorcey ...
Chuck (as David Condon)
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Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Elaine Riley ...
Sgt. White
Lou Nova ...
Tough Air Policeman
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Joe Eckler
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Capt. Blair
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Slip and Sach to go the local Air Force base to find out why their friend, an Air Force enlisted man, is in the stockade and charged with treason. Mistaking a recruiting office for a visitors office, they inadvertently enlist in the Air Force. They soon learn that not only is their friend not a traitor, but he is being used as bait to expose a spy ring. The boys decide to do a little exposing of their own, and wind up almost gumming up the works. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"It's A Topographical Error"
13 November 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Bowery Boys feature finds Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall trying to help their friend Todd Karns who has enlisted in the Air Force out of a jackpot where he's been arrested for espionage. Of course these two geniuses who go to the Air Force Base which I assume is McGuire in New Jersey because it's the closest one to the Bowery to visit Karns, wind up enlisting in the Air Force.

Gorcey goes through the usual basic training, but Hall due to a mixup winds up getting assigned to a WAF barracks with the attention of a lot of female trainees. He also gets as a sergeant Renie Riano. She's worse than Gorcey's sergeant former heavyweight contender Lou Nova.

Anyway in a plot that's straight from that Cold War classic Shack Out On 101, June Vincent the waitress at the local hash house is the contract for an espionage ring. Karns is her target as he's working on some top secret guidance systems. Of course Gorcey and Hall don't know any of this, but they're on the job nonetheless.

The film also borrows as do most Bowery Boys films from previous comedy classics, a lot of Bowery Boys material was first used by Abbott and Costello. The Air Force scenes could have come from the A&C classic, Keep 'Em Flying.

The climax is straight from Bud and Lou as Gorcey and Hall get into a drone plane being used for target practice while chasing the villains who have grabbed Karns. Still the Bowery Boys do warm over comedy classics well by design or by "topographical error".


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