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Hollywood Canteen

 

THE VITAPHONE CORP. / WARNER BROS. PICTURES, INC. / WARNER BROS- FIRST NATIONAL PICTURE

Production Dates: June 5 to August 31, 1944
Release Date: 1944 12 30 (31?) Premiered in New York City on December 15, 1944.

Running time: 124 or 126 minutes; 11,155 ft.

Key book (production) number: 617

 

Credits
Cast
Songs
Plot Summary
Production and Publicity Stills
Posters

Sheet Music

This movie is available on DVD.

 

Introduction: Essentially a filmed concert, the setting is the Hollywood Canteen, a free entertainment club open to servicemen. The Canteen was created as a G. I. morale booster by movie stars Bette Davis and John Garfield during World War II. Many of those cameoing in the film had previously volunteered to work there or provide entertainment. The East Coast counterpart was the Stage Door Canteen in New York City, also celebrated in an RKO film in 1943.


Credits & Cast:


Cast:

Dane Clark as Sgt. Nolan (Nowland)

Bette Davis as herself

Joan Leslie

Robert Hutton as Cpl. Slim Green

Janis Paige as a studio guide

Betty Brodel as Joan Leslie's sister

Jonathan Hale as Joan Leslie's father

Barbara Brown as Joan Leslie's mother

Eddie Marr as LeRoy Prinz

 

Guests:

Sons of the Pioneers and Roy Rogers, Andrews Sisters, Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Joan Crawford, Faye Emerson, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan "Rocky" Hale, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Dorothy Malone, Denis Morgan, Eleanor Parker, S Z Sakall, Zachary Scott, Alexis Smith, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Wyman, Jimmy Dorsey and The Golden Gate Quartet

 

Songs: (only the songs performed by Roy Rogers and / or the Sons of the Pioneers are listed)

Don't Fence Me In (Cole Porter)

Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Bob Nolan)

Cajun Stomp (Hugh and Karl Farr)

 

Screen shots of song sequences from Hollywood Canteen

 

"Tumbling Tumbleweeds"

 

"Cajun Stomp"

 

"Don't Fence Me In"


Plot: (Wikipedia) Essentially a filmed concert with a story line interwoven: two soldiers on leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before returning to active duty in the South Pacific. Slim Green is the millionth G. I. to enjoy the Canteen and, consequently, wins a date with Joan Leslie. The other G. I. (Sgt. Nolan) gets to dance with Joan Crawford. Canteen founders, Bette Davis and John Garfield give talks on the history of the Canteen. The soldiers enjoy a variety of musical numbers performed by a host of Hollywood stars.

 


 

Production and Publicity Stills

 

 

Singing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"

(E McDonald collection)

 

 

Roy Rogers singing "Don't Fence Me In"

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Bruce Hickey image

 

Bruce Hickey image

 

Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers singing "Don't Fence Me In"

(eBay image)

 

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Posters

 

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Sheet Music

 

E McDonald collection

 

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