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See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)

Journalist Marion Hargrove enters the Army intending to supplement his income by writing about his training experiences. He muddles through basic training at Fort Bragg with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Marion Hargrove (book), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Walker ... Pvt. Marion Hargrove
Donna Reed ... Carol Holliday
Keenan Wynn ... Pvt. Mulvehill
Grant Mitchell ... Uncle George
Ray Collins ... Brody S. Griffith
Chill Wills ... First Sgt. Cramp
Bob Crosby ... Bob
Marta Linden Marta Linden ... Mrs. Holliday
George Offerman Jr. ... Pvt. Orrin Esty
Edward Fielding ... Gen. Dillon
Donald Curtis ... Sgt. Heldon
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... Pvt. Bill Burk (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)
Douglas Fowley ... Capt. R.S. Manville
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Journalist Marion Hargrove enters the Army intending to supplement his income by writing about his training experiences. He muddles through basic training at Fort Bragg with the self-serving help of a couple of buddies intent on cutting themselves in on that extra income. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En man i ledet See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp Roberts, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marion Hargrove asked permission to consult on the movie, but the Army denied his request. See more »

Connections

Followed by Private Hargrove (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Arms
(1944) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Ted Grouya
Variations played in the opening credits and often throughout the movie
Sung by Bob Crosby and the soldiers in the canteen
Partially sung later by Robert Walker with modified lyrics
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Oddly, despite being a WWII army picture, you'd hardly know that there was a war going on at the time!
25 August 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Private Hargrove (Robert Walker) is one of the most inept Privates in the US Army and much of the film consists of the Sergeants trying to somehow turn this numb-skull into a decent soldier. But it all seems hopeless and we should be awfully glad there weren't more like him in the service--or else the war might have gone the other way! Oddly, however, I did notice that almost all the soldiers were skinny little squirts--the must rugged among them being Keenan Wynn! In some ways, the film plays a bit like "No Time For Sergeants" but without the hillbilly angle--consisting of a series of screw ups and comedic situations in boot camp and very, very little evidence that an actual war is taking place! However, the film takes a romantic turn when Walker is tricked into a date with lovely Donna Reed. When the two fall in love, the joke's on the fellows who set him up with her. This part of the film is quite sweet and helps to create a more well-rounded film--not just a typical army comedy. And, because he now has some focus in his life, he improves as a soldier and actually is promoted to acting Corporal...which takes him completely by surprise. So can Hargrove get the girl AND be a success in the Army? Tune in and see.

Overall, this is a very slight but pleasant film. Sure, it's a piece of fluff...but nice fluff. There is a sequel--which I have not yet seen. Considering that this was a decent and likable film, I might just give "What next, Corporal Hargrove?" a look.


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