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Caught in the Draft (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 4 July 1941 (USA)
A movie star who can't stand loud noises accidentally joins the Army.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Harry Tugend (original story), Harry Tugend (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Don Bolton
Dorothy Lamour ... Antoinette 'Tony' Fairbanks
Lynne Overman ... Steve Riggs
Eddie Bracken ... Bert Sparks
Clarence Kolb ... Col. Peter Fairbanks
Paul Hurst ... Sgt. Burns
Ferike Boros ... Yetta
Phyllis Ruth ... Margie
Irving Bacon ... Cogswell
Arthur Loft ... Movie director
Edgar Dearing ... Recruiting Sergeant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heinie Conklin ... Sign Hanger (scenes deleted)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Susan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and her father, but his military career is largely slapstick. Will he ever get his corporal's stripes? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BLOW THAT BUGLE SHOOT THAT GUN -- BOB'S JOINED THE ARMY STRICTLY FOR FUN! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cabo raso See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to production notes on the DVD, this movie opened at Paramount in NY and became the 2nd film in the theater's 15-year history to enjoy a 5-week run. See more »

Quotes

Steve: I had an uncle who was a hero in the last war. Broke up a gas attack singlehanded.
Don Bolton: How, with bicarbonate of soda?
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Connections

Referenced in Lights Fantastic (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

LOVE ME AS I AM
Written by Louis Alter, lyrics Frank Loesser
Credited but used only as instrumental
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"She looks like Dorothy Lamour with clothes on."
11 March 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Bob Hope plays a cowardly movie star who is afraid of being drafted. So he concocts a scheme to marry pretty Dorothy Lamour, in hopes of avoiding the draft. But general's daughter Dorothy figures him out and is disgusted by his cowardice. Having actually fallen for her, he comes up with another scheme to pretend to join the army to impress her, but it backfires and he finds himself actually enlisted. You can pretty much guess what will happen next. Decent WW2 comedy with the usual likable performances of Hope and Lamour. Eddie Bracken plays Bob's sidekick. It's a pleasant time-passer but nothing exceptional. It's fun to see Hope and Lamour in a movie without Bing Crosby. I kept expecting Bing to pop up and steal Dorothy away, as Bob rarely got the girl in their movies together.


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