Buck Privates

Buck Privates

Lee Bowman
Director: Arthur Lubin Cast: Lee Bowman
Lee Bowman
, Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
, Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott
Arthur Lubin


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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 Pendleton), Slicker and Herbie duck into a nearby movie theater, which unbeknownst to them has been converted into a US Army recruiting center. As the boys are reluctantly inducted into the Service, wealthy draftee Parker hopes to pull a few strings to avoid putting on a uniform, while Parker's former chauffeur Martin willingly answers his call to the Colors. Once ensconced in boot camp, Slicker and Herbie continually run afoul of their sergeant, who is none other than their old nemesis Mike the cop. Meanwhile, Parker and Martin vie for the attentions of USO hostess Judy, who'll have nothing to do with Parker until he proves his worth as a soldier. Poor Slicker and Herbie are shunted into the background as the romantic subplot is resolved, but at least our heroes get to steal the film's closing scene. It's hard to believe that anyone cared about the Parker-Martin-Judy triangle with Abbott & Costello on hand to perform their classic "dice game," "awkward squad," "turn on the radio" and "boxing ring" routines-not to mention their timeless verbal exchanges, the best of which finds Bud convincing Lou that if he marries an underage girl, she'll eventually be older than he (it plays better than it reads!) As a bonus, the film spotlights the Andrews Sisters, performing such top-ten tunes as "Apple Blossom Time" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Even from the vantage point of six decades, with the WWII draft but a dim memory, it is easy to see why Buck Privates was such a huge success.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2019
UPC: 0191329092170
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 30,801

Special Features

Abbott and Costello meet Jerry Seinfeld; 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics; 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era; 100 Years of Universal: Unforgettable Characters; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Bowman Randolph Parker III
Alan Curtis Bob Martin
Bud Abbott Slicker Smith
Lou Costello Herbie Brown
Andrews Sisters Themselves
Jane Frazee Judy Gray
Nat Pendleton Sgt. Michael Collins
Samuel S. Hinds Maj. Gen. Emerson
Harry Strang Sgt. Callahan
Nella Walker Mrs. Parker II
Leonard Elliott Henry
Shemp Howard Chef
Mike J. Frankovich Announcer
Dora Clement Miss Durling
Kay Leslie Camp Hostess
Nina Orla Camp Hostess
Dorothy Darrell Camp Hostess
Jean Brooks Actor
Charles Coleman Edmunds
James Flavin Actor
Harold Goodwin Sergeant
Bud Harris Porter
Charles Anthony Hughes Capt. Williams
Selmar Jackson Captain
Lee Norman Actor
Hughie Prince Henry Sloan
Don Raye Dick Burnette
Tom Tyler Instructor
Janet Warren Actor
Patty Andrews Herself
Douglas Wood Mr. Parker
LaVerne Andrews Herself
Maxene Andrews Herself

Technical Credits
Arthur Lubin Director
Phil Cahn Editor
Nick Castle Choreography
Alex Gottlieb Producer
John Grant Screenwriter
Arthur Horman Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles Previn Score Composer
Hughie Prince Score Composer

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