Hollywood Canteen

Synopsis: Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom he has been dreaming about while in the Pacific. He meets her later at the Farmer's Market. On the third night, Slim is the millionth man into the Canteen, earning him a date with Joan. Slim thinks he's been duped when she doesn't show up at his train. Slim's buddy Sergant dances with Joan Crawford. Canteen President Bette Davis praises the canteen and the war effort. Virtually everyone Warners could spare entertains.
Director(s): Delmer Daves
Production: Warner Bros.
124 min

This looks like

a quiet, peaceful little island...

...in the South Pacific, doesn't it?

Well, it is...

...since the United States Army

took it over.

- Is this high enough?

Right up on top.

Imagine, leaving out Brooklyn,

the capital of the world.

Yeah, imagine.

That's better.

Come on, let's see if the mail's in.


I could sure use a letter from my girl.

- Chris Nyby. Chris Nyby, Nyby.

MAN 1:

- George Nogle?

MAN 2:

Chuck Hanson.

Hey, you guys, gather around.

Cookies from home.

- Roberts?

- Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Brooklyn, Brooklyn.

Having a big family helps sometimes.

Especially when they learn to write.

Anything for Corporal Ed Green, chaplain?

No, son, sorry.

I guess my girl got married or something.

How long since you've heard from her?

Fourteen months, sir,

and she was good dreaming too.

But lately,

I get her mixed up with Joan Leslie.

Then you're in luck, Slim.

A movie unit arrived with the mail

and some film.

I think I saw Joan Leslie's name on a can.

- We going to have movies here?

- Uh-huh. Tonight.

Maybe now you can find out whether it's

Miss Leslie or that girl back home.

Well, they've both got red hair,

that's what started the confusion.

We'll be together soon,

later on. There's plenty of time.


But then why did you change your name?

Oh, nothing, Albert.

Helen thought it'd be a good idea...

That's what I mean,

she wants to break us up.

I don't wanna hear anything

against Helen.

But it's true. Day by day, she's

making a person out of you I never knew.

- She's no good, baby.

- Don't say that.

Everything she ever did, she did for me.

You've always been against her...

Joan Leslie's my kind of girl.

She looks like a guy could go

right up to her and say hello.

So she'd say hello.

So, what did it get you?

Me? I'll take Ann Sheridan.

Well, where would Ann Sheridan get you?

Right where you think.


Oh, Grandpa loves his rocking chair

And Grandma loves her lace

But... It's... To me...


- What's the matter?

- Come on, where's that talking at?

- Where's the sound?

MAN 1:
Come on, I ain't no lip reader.

MAN 2:
Give us our movie.

MAN 3:
Come on.

MAN 4:
Fix that gadget.

What's the matter with you?

Sorry, boys,

the rain shorted the sound apparatus.

- You want to call it off or run it silent?

- No!

- We don't care about the sound!

- Give us Joan Leslie!

Yards of dames!


MAN 5:
Girls, girls.

MAN 6:


She's beautiful.

You can tell by her eyes she's nice.

She's got about the prettiest lips

I've ever seen.

Well, Slim,

have you decided which was which?

Yes, sir, she's the one.

I've been dreaming about her,

and not that girl in Altoona.

I'd say you made a happy choice.



Hello, sarge.

- Hi.

How long you figure they'll keep us

in the hospital after we land?

I figure Slim and I'll be out

in a couple of weeks...

...then we get our leave...

...and then we'll go up to Frisco

for our orders.

We're sticking together.

We're going on a spree.

Oh, I forgot to tell you, Brooklyn...

...while you were taking your treatments,

I learned a new way to shoot craps.

- What did it cost you?

- Oh, forget it, I don't need any money.

When we get our leave,

I wanna sit in parks...

...and watch people

who aren't trying to kill each other.


Get up, Joe.

That's one of our own planes.

Those lights they're blinking mean

"welcome home."

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Delmer Daves

Delmer Lawrence Daves (July 24, 1904 – August 17, 1977) was an American screenwriter, director and producer. more…

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