BUCK PRIVATES (aka: Rookies)
One of Abbott & Costello's
first films. Bud and Lou are con artists who turn the military upside down when they accidentally enlist in the Army while hiding out from New York street cop Nat Pendleton. Naturally he winds up their drill sergeant and comic foil as they wreak havoc on the armed forces. It's vaudeville in fatigues. The Andrews Sisters sing " You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith" and " Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," among others, and future Stooge Shemp Howard as the cook who shows where the " mess" in mess hall comes from. Overall it's a good old time comedy but typical 1940's Military propaganda machine.
In the beginning of the Dance Scene the dancers do a sort of Shim Sham - Big Apple line dance with Boogie Backs, the Shorty George, Turns, etcetera and then all do a break-away and start swingin'. Features Dean Collins and Jewel McGowen, Gil Hernandez and the 24 World Boogie Woogie Champions. Also Collin's and Jewel's authentic Hollywood Style West Coast Swing is highlighted.