“Congratulations, men — we’re glad to have you in the army!”
A pair of necktie salesmen (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello) accidentally join the Army.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Abbott and Costello Films
- World War II
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this popular wartime amusement — the biggest box office draw of 1941 — “holds up nicely” and still delivers lots of laughs. Abbott and Costello are at their comedic best, and the Andrews Sisters are simply delightful as they sing their way through several rousing songs, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and “You’re a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith”. Highlights include Costello playing craps for the “first” time”:
… Abbott asking Costello for a $10 “loan”:
… Costello fumbling his way through drill exercises (this scene was used as propaganda by the Japanese to showcase America’s military incompetence!):
… and Costello in the boxing ring:
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- The Andrews Sisters’ “classic hip-shaking performance of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B'”
Yes. Along with The Naughty Nineties (1945), this is one of Abbott and Costello’s best vehicles, and worth watching.