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Drafted in the Depot (1940)

Edgar Kennedy's hunting trip with his single buddies is kiboshed when his wife, Vivien, has made other arrangements for their vacation time. One of Edgar's friends thinks he has a way for ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd French

Writers:

Lloyd French (story), Arthur V. Jones (story) (as Arthur Jones)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy
Vivien Oakland ... Vivien Kennedy
Billy Franey ... Vivien's Father
Phil Arnold ... Edgar's Hunting Buddy
Ralph Dunn ... Sergeant
Frank O'Connor ... Captain
Warren Jackson Warren Jackson ... Gunnery Officer
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Edgar Kennedy's hunting trip with his single buddies is kiboshed when his wife, Vivien, has made other arrangements for their vacation time. One of Edgar's friends thinks he has a way for Edgar to go hunting with them. He should pretend to join the National Guard, who are holding a two week camp. In reality, Edgar will have only rented a uniform to convince Vivien that he has joined. Two things may threaten Edgar's plan. First, Vivien, regardless of if she trusts her husband or not, may want to see him off at the train station, which would force him onto the train going to the guard camp. And second, if he can fool Vivien that he is joining the National Guard, he may have also convinced the National Guard that he has joined for real. But in carrying out his plan, Edgar may get into even bigger trouble. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edgar in the National Guard
28 April 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Drafted in the Depot (1940)

** (out of 4)

Edgar Kennedy wants to spend his vacation hunting with a friend but his wife has made other plans for them. The friend talks Kennedy into telling his wife that he's joining the National Guard and that he will be defending his country for two weeks. She buys it but when she shows up at the train depot Kennedy is forced to really join.

DRAFTED IN THE DEPOT is the type of comedy short that you'd expect from Kennedy. He was always a likable character actor so he has that going for him and these screenplays usually just has the viewer feeling pity on him as he tries to do something for himself but gets into more trouble. There are a couple good laughs scattered throughout the running time but certainly not enough to make the film better. The highlight has to be the scene where Kennedy is mistaken for a machine gun expert and he must show off his skills. Fans of Kennedy will enjoy this but there's no question that it's far from a classic.


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