Private Buckaroo 1942

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The Andrews Sisters and Harry James star in this entertaining comedy. They play themselves as entertainers for the new recruits in the US Army who are undergoing basic training.

Starring:
Andrews Sisters,Harry James
Runtime:
1 hour, 8 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance, Musicals, Dance & Theatre, Comedy
Director Edward F. Cline
Starring Andrews Sisters, Harry James
Supporting actors Joe E. Lewis, Jennifer Holt, Dick Foran, Donald O'Connor, Ernest Truex, The Andrews Sisters, Joe Lewis, Shemp Howard, Huntz Hall
Studio Film Chest
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Dover on 19 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
As a collector of classic musicals this was a "must have" DVD for me. Filmed just after the start of the second world war, the filme is part propoganda, part musical and all fun. The Andrew's Sisters are as cute and charming as ever and they make you want to sing along. I was impressed by the quality of the film - the sound was a lot clearer than that of other DVDs I've ordered from this era. Of all the Andrew Sisters films I like this one the best.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
Private Buckaroo, a high-energy, patriotic movie from 1942, has two uses now. The first is to show us the optimism of our elders as they readied themselves to support the troops fighting in WWII. Sure, the jokes are corny, but the musical numbers crank up the confidence with everything from "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" to "Six Jerks in a Jeep." It's not a bad idea to now and then remind ourselves of what an older generation of Americans were facing.

The second use of the movie is to provide fodder for all those graduate students eager for an easy doctorate in "American Popular Culture," a phenomenon that proves, if the money is right, that American universities will offer degrees in just about anything.

The barest of plots has Harry James being drafted. Naturally, his whole orchestra signs up, too, including Lon Prentice (Dick Foran), his singer who has an attitude adjustment problem. We see the high-jinks of training, a romantic encounter that will serve to straighten Prentice out, and a big show just before the boys ship overseas. All this is just a clothesline to pin on at least 13 musical numbers, and The Andrews Sisters and Harry James do most of them. The comedy intermissions are several. To give you an idea of what Universal's writers were capable of, the three-way romantic laugh relief involves Bonnie-Belle Schlopkiss (a tall and emphatic Mary Wickes), Sergeant Muggsy Sharell (Shemp Howard, who was earlier and later became again one of the Three Stooges) and Lancelot Pringle McBiff (an odd incarnation of stand up comic Joe E. Lewis). Personally, I enjoyed most Huntz Hall as a corporal trying to teach James how to play reveille.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Mrs J. Hampson on 4 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
From beginning to end a musical treat!!! Andrew sisters sing over credits followed by Harry James playing 'You made me love you'
A must!! for any swing music fan.. The 'Dont sit under the apple tree' number is worth the price of c/d alone.. Performed by Andrew sisters followed by frantic jumping & jiving by a kid's dancing team.. Happy day's..
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I am disappointed with this purchase. The picture quality is dreadful; looks like it's a copy of a very bad copy. I won't be buying from this dealer again.
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