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Service with the Colors (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Short | 31 August 1940 (USA)

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This Warner Bros. short film focuses on new army recruits prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. They are assigned to the Presidio in San Francisco and put under the command of Sgt. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Sgt. Clicker
... Thomas Stanton
... Col. Nelson
... Charles Corbin (as William Orr)
... Hiram Briggs
George Haywood ... James Taylor
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This Warner Bros. short film focuses on new army recruits prior to the U.S. entry into World War II. They are assigned to the Presidio in San Francisco and put under the command of Sgt. Clicker for their basic training. One of the recruits, Chuck Corbin, has something of a chip on his shoulder and doesn't seem to fit in. The Sergeant is patient and helpful and helps him along. As they improve their skills and enjoy their time off, Chuck ends up spending time in the guard house and decides to desert. When he puts his life on the line to save some of his friends, he's given a break and takes on a new more positive attitude. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Short

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31 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1939-1940 season) #8: Service with the Colors  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #9933-9934. See more »

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No one makes sergeant within days of joining the army; especially in the peace time army. In the time before the war it could take years to make PFC. See more »

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National Emblem
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Music by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Performed by military band
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Nice Oscar winner
26 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Service with the Colors (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated, Technicolor short has four men joining the Army at the same time and we see their struggles as they try to make it. The film mainly centers on one who joined just to fight in a war but he isn't getting his way because there's no war to fight. He ends up battling with one of his sergeants (Robert Armstong) who though it all still sees something in him. This is a pretty good little film that manages to get a good message off even though Pearl Harbor would happen not too long after this was released. The film features some very strong performances by King Kong famed Armstrong as well as William Lundigan, Henry O'Neill, William T. Orr and Herbert Anderson. The direction by Eason isn't over the top and he has no trouble at telling the story and even packing a lot of stuff into the 20-minute running time. I think Armstong's character comes off a lot nicer than he probably would have in real life but that's a minor issue.


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