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Buck Privates (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, War | 31 January 1941 (USA)
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Two sidewalk salesman enlist in the army in order to avoid jail, only to find that their drill instructor is the police officer who tried having them imprisoned.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (original screen play), John Grant (special material for Abbott and Costello)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Slicker Smith
Lou Costello ... Herbie Brown
Lee Bowman ... Randolph Parker III
Jane Frazee ... Judy Gray
Alan Curtis ... Bob Martin
Nat Pendleton ... Sgt. Michael Collins
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews
Patty Andrews ... Patty Andrews
Samuel S. Hinds ... Major General Emerson
Harry Strang ... Sgt. Callahan
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Parker II
Leonard Elliott Leonard Elliott ... Henry
Shemp Howard ... Chef
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Storyline

Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop who was all set to run them off to the hoosegow in the first place! The boys end up having a whale of a time getting under the skin of their humourless nemesis. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Taglines:

A BARRAGE of MIRTH! (original herald) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ordinário, Marche! See more »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

To appease local censor boards, director Arthur Lubin avoided showing money in close shots in the gambling scene. See more »

Goofs

During the dice game, Lou's tie is on for the close-ups, but off for the long shots. See more »

Quotes

Slicker Smith: You're 40 years-old and you're in love with this little girl that's 10 years-old. You're four times as old as that girl and you couldn't marry her, could you?
Herbie Brown: Not unless I come from the mountains.
Slicker Smith: All right- you're 40 years-old, you're four times as old as this girl, and you can't marry her, so you wait five years. By that time the little girl's 15 and you're 45. You're only three times as old as that little girl. So you wait 15 years and when the girl is 30, you're at 60. You're only twice as ...
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Connections

Referenced in Psych: An Evening with Mr. Yang (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'll Be with You) In Apple Blossom Time
(1935)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Neville Fleeson
Performed by The Andrews Sisters (uncredited)
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I LOVE Abbott & Costello movies...and this one was no exception!
4 September 2004 | by coastalsonshineSee all my reviews

This movie contains the famous bantering and mind games that Bud Abbott always pulled on Lou Costello...this adds to the entertainment value and it is great to watch a movie that is just plain entertaining! This movie also contains the Andrews Sisters, who are so great! I love singing in a movie and the use of it is very well done. This movie also gives you a pretty accurate account of "going into the service" for that time era.The military point of view of "Buck Privates" shows the innocence of so many of our young men and women that enter the service of Uncle Sam.It is very interesting to see how things have changed in the last 60 years,as well,not only in T.V and movies, but in the service, too. Abbott and Costello bring humanity to the stiffness of military regimen in "Buck Privates". The cast that was chosen shows a great chemistry with the comedians. A "must- see" for movie buffs that appreciate the old black & white movies.


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