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Buck Privates (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, War | 31 January 1941 (USA)
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Two sidewalk salesman enlist in the army in order to avoid jail, only to find that their drill instructor is the police officer who tried having them imprisoned.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (original screen play), John Grant (special material for Abbott and Costello)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Slicker Smith
Lou Costello ... Herbie Brown
Lee Bowman ... Randolph Parker III
Jane Frazee ... Judy Gray
Alan Curtis ... Bob Martin
Nat Pendleton ... Sgt. Michael Collins
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters
Laverne Andrews Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews
Maxene Andrews Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews
Patty Andrews Patty Andrews ... Patty Andrews
Samuel S. Hinds ... Major General Emerson
Harry Strang ... Sgt. Callahan
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Parker II
Leonard Elliott Leonard Elliott ... Henry
Shemp Howard ... Chef
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Storyline

Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop who was all set to run them off to the hoosegow in the first place! The boys end up having a whale of a time getting under the skin of their humourless nemesis. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

A BARRAGE of MIRTH! (original herald) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ordinário, Marche! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During WWII the Japanese used to show the "Drill Routine" sequence from this movie to show how stupid the American army was. See more »

Goofs

Accustomed to performing for live audiences, Abbott & Costello "never did anything the same way twice," as editor Philip Cahn complained. "No two takes were exactly the same," said director Arthur Lubin. Continuity errors were almost inevitable. See more »

Quotes

Slicker Smith: Throw your chest out! Go on! Throw your chest out!
Herbie Brown: I'm not through with it yet!
Slicker Smith: Quiet!
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Connections

Followed by Buck Privates Come Home (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Hugh Prince
Performed by The Andrews Sisters (uncredited)
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Bud, Lou, and the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

I think it is churlish to bring up such things as slanted propaganda for a film like this, it is what it is, a firmly enjoyable romp from the comic gold of Abbott & Costello. Perhaps back in the day it was appropriate to analyze the film for it's portrayal of the soldier at war, or the fact that they didn't mention so many bad things that were happening at that time, erm hello, wake up and smell the comedy and focus on that please.

Bud & Lou mistakenly join the army when trying to avoid arrest on the street, this sets us up for them to flip the army upside down with a series of sequences that are refreshing in what was obviously troubling times out in the big bold world. From new skits to delightful musical numbers this film stands up as one of the better entries the boys would do in there considerable output.

Footnote:Jane Frazee has one of the most delicious smiles you could wish to see, and if you ain't tapping your feet as the splendid Andrews Sisters belt out Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B, well you are beyond help, move along please.

8/10


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