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About Face (1942)

Two army sergeants, one dumb-tough and one mild-mannered, get into a saloon brawl, crash a high-society party, and end up in a car wreck.


Kurt Neumann


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Complete credited cast:
William Tracy ... Sgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
Joe Sawyer ... Sgt. William Ames
Jean Porter ... Sally
Marjorie Lord ... Betty Marlowe
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Culpepper
Veda Ann Borg ... Daisy, Blonde Hustler
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Dick Wessel ... Bartender Charlie
Charles Lane ... Rental Car Manager


Two army sergeants, one dumb-tough and one mild-mannered, get into a saloon brawl, crash a high-society party, and end up in a car wreck.

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Short | Comedy | War


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Release Date:

16 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antro de Espiões See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 23 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Chicago 3 March 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »


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Good Roach-style slapstick
6 January 2007 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

The other reviewers have been dubious about this movie. I can't understand why. It doesn't have the dorky charm of the series opener, "Tanks a Million," but it's a lot funnier, from the marvelous opening scene in which Sgt. Ames (Joe Sawyer) loses control of a unit he's drilling because they hear not only his commands but also the military-style orders Sgt. Doubleday (William Tracy) is giving his dog as obedience training, to the great scene in which Mrs. Culpepper (Margaret Dumont) systematically tears into Ames as an example of the "semi-moron" type — thereby proving that Dumont could dish it out just as well as she could take it in her seven films with the Marx Brothers — to the finale, admittedly ripped off from Laurel and Hardy's 1928 silent short "Two Tars" (also a Hal Roach production), the sort of slow-paced "tit for tat" gag Leo McCarey developed for Laurel and Hardy at Roach in the late 1920's, this is a laugh-riot start to finish.

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