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Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1944 (USA)
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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The Andrews Sisters (as Andrews Sisters)
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Jack Benny
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Joe E. Brown
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Eddie Cantor
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Kitty Carlisle
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Joan Crawford
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Helmut Dantine
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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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31 December 1944 (USA)  »

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Ho baciato una stella  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the first scene, on New Guinea, when the soldiers assemble for mail call, the first name called is "Chris Nyby". Christian Nyby was the film editor of the picture. 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 »

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


Soundtracks

We're Having a Baby
(1941)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Eddie Cantor (uncredited) and Nora Martin (uncredited) with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra (uncredited)
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Wave the flag and pass out the sandwiches
13 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

The film is an excellent period piece... one of those Hollywood wartime spectaculars that sort of carries out that sense of wartime thrift -- use just enough plot to glue the songs lightly together, and make sure you wave the flag enough to produce some enthusiasm for the "Buy War Bonds" trailer. The plot's thin, the music's good, the dancing OK, and it's actually pretty cool to see stars being "themselves." Peter Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet are hilarious in a two-minute gag that evokes "The Maltese Falcon."


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