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      Buck Privates

      Released Jan 31, 1941 1h 24m Comedy List
      Reviews 76% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings When two sidewalk salesmen, Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott) and Herbie Brown (Lou Costello), duck into a theater to avoid being busted by the cops, they never expect it will lead to their enlisting in the army. It turns out the theater is now an Army Recruitment Center. But these former peddlers are not the only fish out of water. Wealthy Randolph Parker III (Lee Bowman) joins as well, though he seems more focused on hostess Judy Gray (Jane Frazee) than on his responsibilities. Read More Read Less

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      Pare Lorentz McCall's Shoddy stuff. Dec 27, 2023 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Zany, near surrealistic humor and good musical numbers make pleasant entertainment. Nov 28, 2015 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com This funny comedy, one of the most popular pictures of 1941, established Abbott and Costello as commercial comedic duo for a decade. Rated: B+ Aug 23, 2012 Full Review Kevin Carr 7M Pictures More an assembly of funny sketches, Buck Privates still plays very funny without much of a story behind it. Rated: 4/5 Apr 18, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Passable entertainment only. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny as hell! The sequel is better though Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member After One night in the tropics, Universal decided to make the wise choise of making Abbott and Costello the leads, and it was a great choice. In many ways this film is superior to its predecessor. It has more jokes, a better plot and music from the Andrew Sisters. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Abbott & Costello's first starring vehicle is full of lowbrow humor and a simpy love subplot, but it was a box-office smash in 1941; The Andrews Sisters sing the songs "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time," among others. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member a B pic that doesn't feel like a B movie Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When two sidewalk salesmen, Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott) and Herbie Brown (Lou Costello), duck into a theater to avoid being busted by the cops, they never expect it will lead to their enlisting in the army. It turns out the theater is now an Army Recruitment Center. But these former peddlers are not the only fish out of water. Wealthy Randolph Parker III (Lee Bowman) joins as well, though he seems more focused on hostess Judy Gray (Jane Frazee) than on his responsibilities.
      Director
      Arthur Lubin
      Producer
      Alex Gottlieb
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal/Universal Int
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 31, 1941, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 10, 2004
      Runtime
      1h 24m