Buck Privates Overview:

Buck Privates (1941) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Arthur Lubin and produced by Alex Gottlieb.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringCharles PrevinNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Hugh Prince; Lyrics by Don RayeNominated

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By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 4, 2023 From 4 Star Films

Service comedies almost feel like a rite of passage for comedy teams, and it’s no different with this early success from Abbott and Costello. Against their hijinks, there’s a blatantly obvious love triangle (Lee Bowman, Jane Frazee, and Alan Curtis) meant to lend some balance to the dram... Read full article

BUCK PRIVATES turns 73 in The Abbott and Costello Newsletter

By Aurora on Jan 30, 2014 From Once Upon a Screen

A special post honoring a movie and talents that are very dear to me. ? Last week I ran into Chris Costello on Facebook. ?Chris happens to be the daughter of Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello, my favorite comedy duo. ?In any case I read her FB post and immediately signed up to receive the Abbott a... Read full article

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Slicker Smith: You're 40 years-old and you're in love with this little girl that's 10 years-old. You're four times as old as that girl and you couldn't marry her, could you?
Herbie Brown: Not unless I come from the mountains.
Slicker Smith: All right- you're 40 years-old, you're four times as old as this girl, and you can't marry her, so you wait five years. By that time the little girl's 15 and you're 45. You're only three times as old as that little girl. So you wait 15 years and when the girl is 30, you're at 60. You're only twice as old as that little girl.
Herbie Brown: She's catching up.
Slicker Smith: Yes, yes. Now here's the question. How long do you have to wait until you and that little girl are the same age?
Herbie Brown: Now what kinda question is that? That's ridiculous!
Slicker Smith: Ridiculous or not, answer the question.
Herbie Brown: If I wait for that girl she'll pass me up. She'll wind up older than I am.
Slicker Smith: What are you talking about?
Herbie Brown: She'll have to wait for me!
Slicker Smith: Why should she wait for you?
Herbie Brown: ...I was nice enough to wait for her!

Herbie Brown: What time is it?
Slicker Smith: None of your business!
[completely ad-libbed during the drill routine. Abbott didn't know it was coming but delivered his response flawlessly]

Slicker Smith: Throw your chest out! Go on! Throw your chest out!
Herbie Brown: I'm not through with it yet!
Slicker Smith: Quiet!

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Facts about

This film took in $4 million (at a time when theater admission ranged between 10 cents and 25 cents), more than either Citizen Kane or How Green Was My Valley.
In the beginning of the movie when Bud Abbott' and Lou Costello are about to go into what they think is a movie theatre, Lou asks the recruiter who's standing outside the door what movie is playing. The recruiter replies, "You're in the army now." There was actually a movie by that title, You're in the Army Now, that starred Phil Silvers and Jimmy Durante released by Universal that same year.
Grossing over $4 million, this film gained more money than any film Universal Pictures had produced to that point.
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