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Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945)

 -  Short | Comedy | Music  -  October 1945 (USA)
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A girl is desperate to get to Washington D.C. to be with her lonesome brother, a wounded G.I. She persuades Bing Crosby to let her join his caravan.

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Credited cast:
Robert Benchley ...
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Carmen Cavallaro ...
Pianist / Orchestra Leader
U.S. Maritime Service Training Station Choir ...
Maritime Service Choirs
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Bill, the Security Guard
Dona Drake ...
Dona Drake
Ted R. Gamble ...
National War Finance Director
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Betty Hutton
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Alan Ladd
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Diana Lynn
Noreen Nash ...
Noreen Nash
Franklin Pangborn ...
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Olga San Juan
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A girl is desperate to get to Washington D.C. to be with her lonesome brother, a wounded G.I. But train travel is impossible just after the war. She pleads with an exasperated railroad agent for something, anything. He suggests she go to Paramount Pictures and talk to Bing Crosby, who is in charge of a Victory War Bonds show. The government has arranged a special caravan to Washington for the Hollywood stars. Maybe she could get a ride with them. The next morning, she arrives at the studio. She manages to get past the studio guard, who chases her around the lot. She encounters many stars, including Robert Benchley, Barbara Stanwyck and Alan Ladd. Finally, she meets Bing. The trouble is, if she wants Bing's upper berth, she will have to persuade Bob Hope to share his lower berth. Written by J. Spurlin

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October 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La caravana de la victoria en Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Railroad Agent: But ma - but madam if you - You're exasperated? Well, I hope you don't think this is any easy job - Well, goodbye!
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"The Treasury Department once again extends its thanks to the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry, for actively participating in this Victory Loan Campaign. Thanks to the producers and distributors... to those exhibitors who sell war bonds day and night in their theatres... and thanks to the stars and craftsmen who so generously gave of their time to make this film possible. -- Ted R. Gamble, National War Finance Director See more »

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Rumba matumba
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Written by Bobby Collazo
Performed by Olga San Juan
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Great supposedly behind the scenes looks at the Paramount lot.
7 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting little short that fans of Hollywood's golden era will really enjoy. It's a propaganda film much like "Hollywood Canteen" except for two big differences. First, it's short. Second, it was actually made for the post-war era. In other words, the war was just won and the purpose of this final bond rally was to gather the money to bring the troops home and send the needy vets to military hospitals for rehabilitation.

The film begins with a lady begging the man in charge of allocating spaces on trains (Franklin Pangborn)--which were at a premium at this time. He can't help her but feels sorry for the lady and suggests she ask Bing Crosby if she can ride on the train with the Hollywood types who are headed East for a Victory Bond rally. Naturally, all the folks on the Paramount lot (except for the guard--played by William Demarest) are more than glad to help because they are all gosh-darn patriotic and swell.

The film features lots of neat cameos--from the likes of Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd, Bob Hope, Betty Hutton and Bing Crosby. Oddly, you also see Humphrey Bogart who was a Warner Brothers star. I assume he was on the Paramount lot on loan--otherwise all the folks are Paramount regulars. Well worth seeing just for these supposedly behind the scene looks at the stars.


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