Rookies in Burma (1943)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this follow-up to the successful Adventures of a Rookie, Wally Brown and Alan Carney, RKO Radio's hastily-teamed "answer" to Abbott and Costello, further mess up military protocol. Cast as Jerry Miles and Mike Strager (the character names they'd bear in all their RKO vehicles), our heroes march off to Burma, where they and their sergeant (Erford Gage) are captured by the Japanese. Jerry and Mike manage to make their escape via a stolen jeep and a "borrowed" elephant, ending up rolling across the battlefield in a Japanese tank. For those not interested in comedy, the screenwriters contrived to include the decorative Joan Barclay and Clare Carleton as a pair of stranded American showgirls. Rookies in Burma represented the final RKO effort by staff-producer Bert Gilroy, who'd been with the company since 1932.

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concentration-camp, war, behind-enemy-lines, camp, captive, captor, disguise, enemy, escape, Japan, officer, prison, safety, sergeant, shoot-out, showgirl, wound [injury]