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Buck Privates (1941)

Buck Privates


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Release Date: Jan 31, 1941 Wide


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Filmed on a B-picture budget, Buck Privates was Universal's biggest box-office hit of 1941, firmly securing the movie popularity of the studio's hot new team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The story is fairly evenly divided between the antics of Bud and Lou-here cast as sidewalk salesmen Slicker Smith and Herbie Brown-and the romantic triangle involving Randolph Parker III (Lee Bowman), Judy Gray (Jane Frazee) and Bob Martin (Alan Curtis). Escaping the wrath of policeman Mike Collins (Nat … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur T. Horman , John Grant
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On DVD: Oct 10, 2000


as Slicker Smith

as Herbie Brown

as Randolph Parker III

as Judy Gray

as Bob Martin

as Sgt. Michael Collins

as Maj. Gen. Emerson

as Sgt. Callahan

as Mrs. Parker II

as Private Edward Brigg...

as Announcer

as Miss Durling

as Dick Burnette

as Camp Hostess

as Henry Sloan

as Camp Hostess

as Harmonica Player

as Camp Hostess

as Sergeant

as Mr. Parker

as Instructor

as Porter

as Tough Fighter
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Critic Reviews for Buck Privates

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This funny comedy, one of the most popular pictures of 1941, established Abbott and Costello as commercial comedic duo for a decade.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012

More an assembly of funny sketches, Buck Privates still plays very funny without much of a story behind it.

Full Review… | April 18, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Buck Privates


Buck Privates was the first of three movies starring Abbott and Costello and the Andrews Sisters, although Bud and Lou had one other film before. Hollywood wisely realized that Abbott and Costello couldn't carry a film on their own at this point and gave their movies regular stars and a regular plot, to which they would add their own comedy bits to. You could probably cut Abbott and Costello completely out of Buck Privates and it wouldn't affect the plot one little bit. They do their comedy bits sort of in a vaccuum apart from the rest of the film. The Andrews Sisters do a couple of songs in the movie, most noteably "You're a lucky fellow Mr. Smith" and "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". The Andrews Sisters, for those who don't know, were an amazingly talented singing group. Three sisters who sang airtight harmony that was quick, fluid and flawless (I remember being a little pre-schooler and begging my grandmother to play the single of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" for me every time she wanted me to take a nap- I'd lay there listening to that song over and over again on that old record player, digesting the music like it was the stuff of dreams). Anyway, besides the Abbott and Costello bits, there's also the main storyline, which involves a bit of class warfare between the rich inductee and his former butler-turned-equal-private. The rich soldier and the poor soldier butt heads over nearly everything, especially the hot girl who is apparently in the army as some sort of concubine or something. Can the soldiers overcome their differences and work together to defeat Hitler? Slow down, this isn't that kind of movie. Actually, it came out before WWII officially began, but there are undertones of the anticipation of war. As hard as they might try, nobody's fooled about the inevitable breakout of war. Still, this is pretty light-hearted fare. Entertaining, though.

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