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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 »

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writer:

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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All of Hollywood's heart...and 62 Warner Stars in... See more »


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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally conceived by Warner Bros. as a multi-studio (like the actual Hollywood Canteen) WWII effort with rival studios (Fox, Paramount, MGM, etc.) contributing cameo appearances by its stars. But when other studios balked at having performers appear (even though profits were reportedly earmarked for war effort), Warner turned it into a single-studio affair. 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

Sgt. Nowland: Goodbye you wonderful package of animal instinct.
[they kiss passionately]
Studio Guide: Every time I look at the Hollywoodland sign, I'll remember...
Sgt. Nowland: I'll meet you there after the war... and we'll unscrew all the bulbs!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Honeymooners: The $99,000 Answer (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Souvenir
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Frantisek Drdla
Performed by Joseph Szigeti and Jack Benny with with Harry Kaufman
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Wave the flag and pass out the sandwiches
13 February 1999 | by Turtle-20See 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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