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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom ... See full summary »

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Delmer Daves

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Delmer Daves (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters (as Andrews Sisters)
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Joe E. Brown ... Joe E. Brown
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Cantor
Kitty Carlisle ... Kitty Carlisle
Jack Carson ... Jack Carson
Dane Clark ... Sgt. Nowland
Joan Crawford ... Joan Crawford
Helmut Dantine ... Helmut Dantine
Bette Davis ... Bette Davis
Faye Emerson ... Faye Emerson
Victor Francen ... Victor Francen
John Garfield ... John Garfield
Sydney Greenstreet ... Sydney Greenstreet
Alan Hale ... Alan Hale
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Storyline

Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom he has been dreaming about while in the Pacific. He meets her later at the Farmer's Market. On the third night, Slim is the millionth man into the Canteen, earning him a date with Joan. Slim thinks he's been duped when she doesn't show up at his train. Slim's buddy Sergant dances with Joan Crawford. Canteen President Bette Davis praises the canteen and the war effort. Virtually everyone Warners could spare entertains. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ho baciato una stella See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Sheridan was supposed to have the female lead in this movie. However, Sheridan declined the role feeling the script was too unrealistic. See more »

Goofs

When "Slim" is sightseeing in Hollywood at the beginning of the film his infantry division patch (40th Div) is shown on his left shoulder. However, in one scene (right after the swimming pool), the patch is displayed on his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[after unintentionally scaring away a marine sergeant]
Peter Lorre: [sadly] All I wanted to ask him is to join me in a cigarette.
Sydney Greenstreet: He didn't trust us, Peter.
Peter Lorre: No... and we are such gentle people.
Sydney Greenstreet: Are we?
Peter Lorre: [Backs away, frightened]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are displayed rising up over "Hollywood Canteen" sign. See more »

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Soundtracks

Die Biene (The Bee), Op.13 No.9
(1856) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Joseph Szigeti on violin with Harry Kaufman on piano
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Syrupy and silly but memorable
25 September 2009 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

I suspect that even during the WWII era when this movie was released the romance between Joan Leslie and Robert Hutton must have seemed pretty far-fetched. And that's the only thing that drags it into the syrupy and silly category. The effort led by Bette Davis and John Garfield to entertain, free of charge, allied servicemen was worthwhile and a credit to all the fine entertainers who volunteered their time. And so, apart from the fake love story, the film shines. The musical numbers are captivating, especially Carmen Cavallaro and Benny Goodman, and this movie is worth seeing just for them. One also gets the feeling that the stars were more natural, less glamorous. They seemed to let their hair down so to speak, doing this just for the fun of it. The one standout performer is Janis Paige who unlike most of the other actors doesn't even play herself. She steals every scene and makes the movie memorable. This was her third film and it was in fact in the real Hollywood Canteen she was discovered and signed to a contract by Warners. By contrast the headliners, Leslie and Hutton, are entirely forgettable and so cute they're annoying. See this movie for the music and Janis Paige and skip the romance.


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