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Private Buckaroo (1942) DVD   [2007]

3.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: The Andrews Sisters, Dick Foran
  • Directors: Edward F. Cline
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: www.a2zcds.com
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2007
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008D7KFC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,108 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

The magnificent musical score and outstanding vocals enthrall you, while the inimitable Shemp Howard has you in splits with his antics. The few romantic interludes you witness are well placed and help the narrative along nicely. This classic movie is sprinkled generously with solos, duets, trios and choruses, not to forget some memorable trumpet solos. An all-time favorite musical, it was produced at the height of World War II as a tribute and inspiration to the soldiers who fought for the country. Witness this fascinating, timeless movie extravaganza, which is certain to enthrall you with some of the most captivating song and dance sequences from the 40s!"

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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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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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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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I downloaded this DVDs last summer but unfortunately it was out of stock so left it some time and he ho it is back in stock in the winter, I like to watch old films sometimes and let us face it this is a real old film. I think the last remaining Andrews sister died this year in her nineties.
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probably boring for younger generations, this is a pure propaganda/enlistment/morale boosting movie made in 1942.some great harry james music,the andrew sisters(complete with uniforms) and a very young donald o'conner.forget any plot just enjoy it for what it is and for what it was made.if you have any relatives who lived through that war, earn extra kudo's and treat them to this .they will LOVE it!
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Even the VHS I have of this film has a better quality.

Had I known this DVD was from A2ZCDS, I wouldn't have bought it. They are known for their poor transfers and rip-offs.
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