Buck Privates

Synopsis: Bud and Lou enlist in the army in order to escape being hauled off to jail, and soon find themselves in basic training. To their dismay, the company's drill instructor is none other than the cop who was all set to run them off to the hoosegow in the first place! The boys end up having a whale of a time getting under the skin of their humourless nemesis.
Genre: Comedy, Musical, War
Director(s): Arthur Lubin
Production: Universal
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.3
PASSED
Year:
1941
84 min
30 Views

Man:

September 14, 1940,

Congress passes the first

peacetime selective service

training act

in the history of the nation.

President Roosevelt signs

The Draft Bill...

an epochal step

in national defense.

Impressive ceremonies...

Secretary of War Stimson

is blindfolded...

draws the first number

from 9,000 sealed capsules.

Roosevelt:

The first number drawn

by the Secretary of War

is serial number...

Man:
And the youth of America prepare

to become peacetime

buck privates.

- That's no way to drive, Martin.

- Sorry, sir.

The line forms

on the left.

You play

soldier.

Everything seems to be running

smoothly, Captain Johnson.

Yes, sir, we're getting

a fine group of men.

- More teeth and less flat feet.

- That's splendid.

I'll see you later.

- Captain Johnson.

- Yes?

I'm Randolph Parker.

Dad's in Washington now

heading some kind

of defense board.

- I suppose you've heard from him?

- No.

Oh, well I'm sure

you will.

Dad's bound to want

me working with him.

So, about this order

to report for training...

Why of course, Mr. Parker, I understand.

If you'll just

step in here,

we'll be delighted

to take care of you.

Thanks.

You're sure this

won't take long?

Oh no. You'll hang

your hat there please.

Yes.

- And your coat, too.

- My coat?

And the rest of your

clothes please.

- Doctor:
Tonsils okay. Open please.

- The rest of my...

- Wide.

- 155, next.

Tonsils okay.

Next.

- Wide please.

- 175. Next.

- Name?

- I'm Robert Martin.

Number 158.

158? Say, that's

a nice number.

Imagine me being

first prize in a raffle.

Give a boy a break, Officer.

He's reporting for service.

Man:
That's the stuff.

That's fine and dandy.

I don't want

to give you any sales talk,

but in my time,

I've advertised tooth powder

face powder, foot powder

and flea powder.

I've lived on the bounty

of the county

and done my boardin'

with the warden.

Never have I ever

had the opportunity

of presenting such

merchandise to the public.

Feel that material. That's

enough. Now, friends,

ordinarily this tie would sell in any

haberdashery for a dollar and a half.

But am I asking you for

a dollar and a half? No.

Am I asking you

for a dollar? No.

Am I asking you

for 50c? No.

All I'm asking for

is 10c.

Now wait a minute. Let me

get a word in... or two.

Go on, go ahead. I'll

listen to you for a while.

Thanks kindly. Neighbor,

how much money have you got?

- I've got in the vicinity of $28.

- You've got $28?

In the vicinity. In the

neighborhood I've got three bucks.

- Then, you've got $3?

- Roughly speaking.

- Roughly speaking?

- When you smooth it out I've got a buck.

Then you have a dollar?

You have a dollar.

That's all I want to know.

The gentleman buys 10 ties.

How can he sell

ties that cheap?

We ain't got no overhead. We haven't

even got a license to sell these ties.

- Feel that material.

- It won't wrinkle or fade.

Fade, Smitty,

fade...

What's wrong?

What's wrong?

The "oper-cay"

is here

The "oper-cay"...

Come here!

Get in the cab.

Hey, cabbie,

step on it.

We're trying

to get away from a cop.

- Cops:
Oh yeah?

- Ooh-ooh!

Herbie! Quick,

get in line.

- We'll hide in the movies.

- Yeah, and when we get in we'll stay a long time.

- Get a couple tickets.

- Okay.

- Whoop.

- What are you, a wise guy?

You want to fight?

Take your coat off.

It's much cooler

this way, ain't it?

Go ahead, get a couple of tickets.

What's your hurry? We

got rid of that dumb cop.

- How much to get in?

- Nothing.

We're going

to give you $21.

Oh, bank night.

Giving any dishes away?

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Arthur T. Horman

Arthur T. Horman (September 2, 1905 – November 2, 1964) was an American screenwriter whose career spanned from the 1930s to the end of the 1950s. During that time he wrote the stories or screenplays for over 60 films, as well as writing several pieces for television during the 1950s. more…

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