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Caught in the Draft (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 4 July 1941 (USA)
A movie star who can't stand loud noises accidentally joins the Army.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Harry Tugend (original story), Harry Tugend (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Don Bolton
Dorothy Lamour ... Antoinette 'Tony' Fairbanks
Lynne Overman ... Steve Riggs
Eddie Bracken ... Bert Sparks
Clarence Kolb ... Col. Peter Fairbanks
Paul Hurst ... Sgt. Burns
Ferike Boros Ferike Boros ... Yetta
Phyllis Ruth ... Margie
Irving Bacon ... Cogswell
Arthur Loft ... Movie director
Edgar Dearing ... Recruiting Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heinie Conklin ... Sign Hanger (scenes deleted)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Susan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and her father, but his military career is largely slapstick. Will he ever get his corporal's stripes? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

BLOW THAT BUGLE SHOOT THAT GUN -- BOB'S JOINED THE ARMY STRICTLY FOR FUN! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cabo raso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with Give Me a Sailor (1938) as part of the Bob Hope Tribute Collection. See more »

Quotes

Steve: I had an uncle who was a hero in the last war. Broke up a gas attack singlehanded.
Don Bolton: How, with bicarbonate of soda?
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Referenced in Lights Fantastic (1942) See more »

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LOVE ME AS I AM
Written by Louis Alter, lyrics Frank Loesser
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Seen in Australia
13 June 2006 | by tedthomassonSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was re-released as a supporting feature at a cinema here in Melbourne about 1951. Don't remember much about it, except the scene where the hero (Hope) loses control of a tank and runs it into the side of the colonel's Cadillac limo (it might have been a Chrysler) but the audience was appalled, as I was, because luxury cars like this were rarely seen here in those years. It wasn't faked either, as I recall. Can someone advise what the car was? I'm compiling a list of cars used in the movies. Apart from that I thought it was a quite passable comedy and I'm hoping it might come up on late-nite TV sometime as they have occasionally shown other Paramount movies of the era. TT.


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