Snafu (1945)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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There were some theatres in 1946 that refused to display the anagramatic title of this film on their marquees: it was, after all, no secret that the letters S.N.A.F.U. did not precisely stand for "Situation Normal, All Fouled Up" as the studio insisted. Based on a stage play by Louis Solomon and Harold Buchman, Snafu details the misadventures of Ronald Stevens, a teenaged boy who is honorably discharged from the Army when it is revealed that he was too young to enlist. By the time he returns home, Ronald has become so acclimated to the military that he can't readjust to civilian life. In his final film appearance, Robert Benchley does a nice, subtle job as Ronald's flustered father, but Vera Vague (aka Barbara Jo Allen) seems to be having trouble with the role of the the mother. And yes, that is the same Conrad Janis who later played Pam Dawber's dad on TV's Mork and Mindy.

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enlistment, military, home, life