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an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines

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By 1937 they had become nationally known through their radio appearances and hit recordings, most notably "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon." A string of best-selling records soon made them a national sensation, capped by a rousing performance of one of their signature songs, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," in their second Hollywood movie, Bud Abbott's and Lou Costello's first military service comedy, "Buck Privates."
Buck Privates. Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Alan Curtis, the Andrews Sisters, Jane Frazee, and Nat Pendleton, 84 minutes.
Well, it was a little easier for Abbott and Costello in 1941 when they filmed Buck Privates, the movie that made them superstars.
Buck Privates opens with newsreel footage of President Franklin Roosevelt signing the Selective Service and Training Act, yet our comic heroes--rotund and klutzy Herbie Brown (Lou Costello) and lean and acerbic Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott)--somehow join the army by mistake while on the run from police officer Collins (Nat Pendleton), who ends up being their sergeant.
World War II was an occasion not only for solemn unity of purpose but for stupid comedies like Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates and Hal Roach's The Devil With Hitler, a two-reeler so bad it should have been deployed as a terror weapon itself.
19.Bud Abbott - Lou Costello (Buck Privates, Hold that Ghost)
I particularly commend the sidelong but clear analysis of how Sergeants in our Ultra-Prussian Army speak to buck privates. It is a privilege to share in McCourt's experiences, and in his reflections on them.
The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B was a great hit for The Andrews Sisters who performed it in two movies - Buck Privates (1951) and Swingtime Johnny (1944).
The Andrews Sisters made the song famous when they performed it in the 1940 Abbott and Costello movie Buck Privates. The tune begins on the silver screen with a solo trumpeter opening "Reveille" jazz style, before a piano enters with a boogie woogie bass vamp.
Among these were Abbott and Costello's "Buck Privates," and Bob Hope's "Caught in the Draft" "Citizen Kane" proved to be a strongly anti-fascist presentation and "Sergeant York," given an extended analysis, reflects the mood of disinterest in anything but local occurrences that begins to change as the consequences of the war start to hit home.
It mentions Lou's insistent reliance upon recycled successful burlesque routines freshened up by his gag writers (especially John Grant, the author of "Who's on First"), and it touts Lou's marketing sense in conceiving the idea of a military movie (ultimately, their first and perhaps greatest success, Buck Privates) to appeal to an increasingly mobilizing world at war.
This sort of work remains to be done by some channel-surfing scholar of the future who may stumble upon an AMC showing of Buck Privates Come Home (1947) or who may run across a friend's VHS (and soon DVD!) copy of the television show's "South of Dixie" episode.