Caught in the Draft (1941)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Military Comedy, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Jul 4, 1941 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Bob Hope plays a famous movie star who does his best to avoid the pre-war draft, but ends up in uniform all the same. Hope marries Dorothy Lamour, the daughter of Army colonel Clarence Kolb, in hopes that this union will help him sidestep military service. Stuck in boot camp, Hope is a class-A screw-up until redeeming himself during a sham battle--though his "heroic" commandeering of a tank began as yet another boo-boo. Still not entirely certain that Hope could carry a film by himself, Paramount teamed him with Eddie Bracken and Lynne Overman--a sort of Abbott and Costello plus One. Despite the efforts to make Bob Hope part of an ensemble, it is clear from the first frame to the last who is truly the star of Caught in the Draft.

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draft-dodger, enlistment, army, love, daughter, marriage, military, romance, stars [celebrities]