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The Adventures of a Rookie (1943)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy | August 1943 (USA)
Two bumbling GIs manage to get themselves invited to a dinner party at a boarding house "for women only". When the cook comes down with scarlet fever, the authorities quarantine the house ... See full summary »


Leslie Goodwins


William Bowers (original story and adaptation), M. Coates Webster (original story and adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Wally Brown ... Jerry Miles
Alan Carney ... Mike Strager
Richard Martin ... Bob Prescott
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Sgt. Burke
Margaret Landry Margaret Landry ... Peggy Linden
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Patsy - Party Guest
Rita Corday ... Ruth - Party Guest
Robert Andersen ... Sgt. Wilson


Two bumbling GIs manage to get themselves invited to a dinner party at a boarding house "for women only". When the cook comes down with scarlet fever, the authorities quarantine the house and the pair find themselves locked up in a house full of attractive women. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A terrific new comedy twosome in a riot of laughs, gags and gals! See more »


Adventure | Comedy


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First appearance of Wally Brown and Alan Carney as their characters of "Jerry and Mike" (RKO's answer to Abbott and Costello). The studio intended to make a series of films using the pair, showing their adventures in the Army in WWII, but only one other film, Rookies in Burma (1943), was made. They would appear as their characters in four other films, however: Girl Rush (1944), Zombies on Broadway (1945), Radio Stars on Parade (1945), and Genius at Work (1946). See more »


Bob Prescott: You stay here and I'm gonna see what's around the corner.
Jerry Miles: I hope it's prosperity.
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Followed by Rookies in Burma (1943) See more »


You're in the Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
In the score often throughout the movie
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Poor Comedy
3 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Adventures of a Rookie (1943)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

RKO's attempted cash-in on Abbott and Costello's BUCK PRIVATES was the first film to feature the comic team of Wally Brown and Alan Carney. In the film they meet at an Army boot camp and soon they get mixed up in all sorts of trouble. Along for the ride is another soldier (Richard Martin) who keeps getting caught up in their hijacks. THE ADVENTURES OF A ROOKIE will probably drive many viewers to a depressed state and I think a lot of it is going to depend on how well you handle Brown and Carney. The duo made seven films together and they weren't successful when originally released and it seems they haven't gained too many fans in the decades that followed. I've actually enjoyed a couple of their horror spoofs (ZOMBIES ON Broadway, GENIUS AT WORK) but it's hard to find anything good to say about this film. At just 64-minutes the film seems to drag on for hours and I really did get the feeling a couple times that it was never going to end. The biggest problem is that there's no screenplay to think of. It's as if RKO was just wanting any comic team in any Army movie so that they could jump on the success of BUCK PRIVATES. The military jokes are all lame and most of the situations simply aren't funny. There's a running gag of a joke about two cars going to Chicago that is old on the first telling and yet it just keeps coming up. Brown and Carney are clearly still not overly used to working with one another as their timing is off and there's just not a good mix going on. THE ADVENTURES OF A ROOKIE is one of the worst examples of a military comedy out there.

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Release Date:

August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de um Recruta See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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