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Fighting Tools (1943)

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Pvt. Snafu suffers the consequences of not keeping his equipment and weapons properly maintained.


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Uncredited cast:
Private Snafu / German Soldier / Mouse / Duck (voice) (uncredited)


Pvt. Snafu suffers the consequences of not keeping his equipment and weapons properly maintained.

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October 1943 (USA)  »

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The "Daily Sentinel" newspaper with the headline "Battle Reports Prove U.S. Soldier Best Armed in World" is an altered version of the Chicago Sunday Tribune for November 1, 1942. The same issue of that newspaper was used as a model for the newspaper in Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943), with both cartoons inserting a small subheadline reading "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide." See more »


[first lines]
Pvt. Snafu: Oh, I'll be the war's greatest hero / With these guns I have nothing to fear-o / My guns are the best / They can pass any test / Oh, I'll be the war's greatest hero.
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Followed by Pay Day (1944) See more »


A Gay Caballero
Written by Frank Crumit and Lou Klein
Sung with substitute lyrics
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Another clever Snafu cartoon
14 May 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Private Snafu films were clearly made to be seen by soldiers and not by the general public. The dirty jokes, sexual innuendos and language is relatively tame today but never would have been allowed in the regular theaters due to the Production Code. But, such off-color remarks went over very well with the enlisted men and helped to illustrate important information in a humorous and memorable fashion.

Here, Snafu is illustrating through his own ineptitude that it is important for a soldier to keep his weapons in good condition. Snafu, as usual, is an idiot and when a lone German soldier attacks, his weapons are in such lousy condition that the last laugh is on a naked and stupid Snafu by the end of the film. Clever, a bit risqué and very watchable.

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