Buck Privates Come Home

Synopsis: Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family
Director(s): Charles Barton
Production: Universal
77 min

The victory march through Paris.

The buck privates have

fought their war and won...

...and they march in glory.

Their reward...

they're going home.

It's one of the miracles of our times...

...that this, the greatest fighting

force the world has ever known,

came into being one autumn day in 1940.

On this day, Congress passed the Draft Act,

calling the nation's youth to arms.

And the young manhood of America

answered the call.

They came millions strong

from all walks oflife.

Farmers, schoolboys and others

ofless creditable occupations.

Have I ever had the opportunity of...

...presenting such

merchandise to the public?

Feel that material. Friends,

all I'm asking for is 10 cents.

Here, I got a buck.

- 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. Feel that material.

It won't wrinkle or fade.

Fade, Smitty, fade.

What's wrong?

What's wrong? The opper-cay is here.



Come here, you.

Some were so eager to volunteer, they

actually ran to the recruiting station.

Herbie, quick, get in line.

We'll hide in the movies.

When we get in,

we'll stay a long time.

Get a couple of tickets. Okay.

These were the buck privates. They

had to be taught the arts of war.

They had to learn to become soldiers.

Get back there.

You first four, form in.

Right face.

Forward march.

Detail, halt.

Left face.

Order arms.

You four are undoubtedly

the dumbest numskulls...

I've ever had the misfortune of drilling.

Private Smith, fall out. You seem

to know what this is all about.

Take over these men.

Drill them for half an hour...

...and see if you can

sweat some sense into them.

I'm exhausted. The rest

of you men, follow me.

Forward march. Put my gun

in the tent. Count off.

One, two, three, four.


You behave yourself,

do you understand?

I won't warn you again.

Get your chins up.

Get your chest out.

Throw out your chest.

Get your chest out.

Throw it out.

I'm not through with it yet. Quiet.

Right shoulder arms.

Come on. Pick it up.

I thought I had it.

Pick it up. Come on.

Snap into it. All right.

Big man now? Big captain? Quiet.

Order arms. I'll have a cap pistol.

You keep quiet.

I won't warn you again.

All right, all right. Pick

on somebody else. Quiet.

Right shoulder arms.

I said right shoulder.

That's your left shoulder.

I'm left-handed.

Get it over.

It feels better over here. Get it over there.

What a...

Get it over there.

Left shoulder arms.

Right shoulder arms.

Why don't you make up

your mind? Get back there.

Right shoulder arms. Left

shoulder arms. Quiet..

Do as you're told.

Order arms.

Right shoulder arms. Left

shoulder arms. Quiet..

Present arms.

C'mon, I don't want it.

I don't want it.

Do you want it? Put it up there. Get it up.

Get it up.

Right face.

Come on. Come on.

Left face.

Turn with the rest of'em. The guy hit me.

Turn with the rest of'em. Pick it up.

Right face.

Right face.

Forward march.

Halt. Halt.

Where are you going? I don't know.

You don't know? Well,

find out. Now, get with it.

What time is it?

None of your business.

About face.

Forward march.

Hi, fellas.

Halt. Halt.

You guys are going the wrong

way. Will you get in line?

I don't know. You got me in

this mess. Get a load of this.

Right face. Forward march. Halt.

Right face. Forward march. Halt.

Right face.

Forward march.


Left face.

Ahhh, gently.

Right face.

Right face.

Whew. Boy, what a time

we had with them three.


Forward march.

Even now, with the victory long since won,

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Richard Macaulay

Richard Macaulay (1909-1969) was an American screenwriter. He wrote a number of films with Jerry Wald while under contract to Warner Bros. He was a noted anti-Communist and was a member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. He testified to Congress in 1947 and gave names of writers in the Writers Guild who he believed were community.He was survived by a wife and two daughters. more…

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