Hollywood Canteen Overview:

Hollywood Canteen (1944) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Jack L. Warner and Alex Gottlieb.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringRay HeindorfNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by M. K. Jerome; Lyrics by Ted KoehlerNominated

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Old Hollywood Haunts: The Hollywood Canteen, 1942 - 1945

By The Lady Eve on Aug 12, 2021 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Clockwise from top: Bette Davis and John Garfield; Rita Hayworth; Hedy Lamarr and Bob Hope; GIs at the Canteen A Very Special "Old Hollywood Haunt"In her 1987 memoir, This 'n That, Bette Davis remembered a day not long after World War II began when fellow Warner Bros. star John Garfield sat down nex... Read full article

Hollywood Canteen (1944)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 19, 2018 From 4 Star Films

This propaganda extravaganza showcases Hollywood in all its glory from the Brown Derby to the Hollywoodland sign and of course the pride and joy of wartime morale-boosting, the Hollywood Canteen.??It’s a bit of a faux reality, Hollywood’s rendition of what real life might actually be lik... Read full article

Thanksgiving at the Hollywood Canteen

on Nov 23, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

During World War II, communities pulled together to help out servicemen, and Hollywood was no exception. The Hollywood Canteen, located at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, was a USO nightclub exclusively for enlisted men (no officers) and admission was only their uniform. Claude Rains and E... Read full article

Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 24, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about Bette Davis' role in co-founding and running the famous Hollywood Canteen. The photo above shows her serving coffee and doughnuts to World War II servicemen. This article is part of The Second Annual Bette Davis Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywoo... Read full article

Memorial Day Musical Monday: Hollywood Canteen (1944)

on May 30, 2016 From Comet Over Hollywood

Musical: “Hollywood Canteen” (1944) –Musical #139 Studio: Warner Brothers Director: Delmar Davies Starring: Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, Dane Clark Cameos: Bette Davis, John Garfield ,The Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Joan Cra... Read full article

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[after unintentionally scaring away a marine sergeant]
Peter Lorre: [sadly] All I wanted to ask him is to join me in a cigarette!
Sydney Greenstreet: He didn't trust us, Peter.
Peter Lorre: No... and we are such gentle people!
Sydney Greenstreet: ...Are we?
Peter Lorre: [Backs away, frightened]

Jane Wyman: I've been Reagan-ized!

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Originally conceived by Warner Bros. as a multi-studio (like the actual Hollywood Canteen) WWII effort with rival studios (Fox, Paramount, MGM, etc.) contributing cameo appearances by its stars. But when other studios balked at having performers appear (even though profits were reportedly earmarked for war effort), Warner turned it into a single-studio affair.
In the first scene, on New Guinea, when the soldiers assemble for mail call, the first name called is "Chris Nyby". Christian Nyby was the film editor of the picture.
Cole Porter's genial, "unsophisticated" cowboy song, "Don't Fence Me In," via the Decca recording by Bing Crosby (who did not appear in the picture) and The Andrews Sisters, reigned as the number-one "Billboard" single for eight weeks, between December 23, 1944 and February 10, 1945.
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