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BUCK PRIVATES (aka: Rookies)

-- Synopsis:
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.

* Features:
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.

Buck Privates Pic1 Buck Privates line dance Buck Privates - Dean and Jewel Buck Privates - Dean and Jewel
More Film Information below
1941Universal / Image Entertainment Arthur Lubin [DVD | VHS]
Runtime:Country Made:Language:Color:
84 minutes USA English Black and White
Genre:Featured Dancer Featured DanceDance Rating
Musical Comedy Dean CollinsHollywood Style West Coast SwingGood

Known Dancers in filmChoreographersActors / Actresses
Connie WydelNick CastleBud Abbott
Dean Collins  Lou Costello
Gene Cole Shemp Howard
Gil Hernadez Andrew Sisters
Jewel McGowen Jane Frazee
24 Champion Boogie Woogie Dancers ?  

Dances performed in this film    Special Dance Interest
n/a n/a n/a Swing Dance
      Dean and Jewel
Some Music Titles in Film Bands / Musicians / Singers Posters / Lobby Cards
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy < Andrew Sisters, Hugh Prince Buck Privates (1941)
Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four < Hugh Prince  Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
I Wish You Were Here < Hugh Prince     
I'll Be With You When It's Apple Blossom Time < Neville Fleeson, Albert Van Tilzer    
Mr. Smith < Hugh Prince     
" Taps" < General Daniel Butterfield    
When Private Brown Becomes a Captain < Hugh Prince     
You're a Lucky Fellow < Hugh Prince     

Stage versions of the film

Stage Date Similar Films Sheet Music Covers
n/a n/a $ Buck Privates Come Home n/a

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