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Buck Privates (1941)

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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 Salvo of SINGING and SWINGING! (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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 13, 1941, with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello reprising their roles. 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

Referenced in 1941 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

When Private Brown Becomes a Captain
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Hugh Prince
Performed by Lou Costello (uncredited), Shemp Howard (uncredited) and the kitchen crew
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Bud & Lou's stars-making vehicle
28 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

BUCK PRIVATES (1941) **** Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in their first starring film (their debut in "One Night in the Tropics" were supporting comic foils) catapulted them into the stratosphere of movie stardom as the premiere comedy team of the 1940s and this film was the lifesaver for their home studio Universal which was precariously close to bankruptcy until the release of this comic masterpiece with the boys in over their heads as unknowing volunteers in the US Army. Uproariously funny particularly their drill instruction scenes with Bud and Lou improvising ("What time is it?" "None of your business!") Look for frequent co-stars the musical singing siblings The Andrews Sisters (who sing the smash "The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy") and also look for Shemp Howard, of The Three Stooges, in the mess sequence with Lou.


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