Top Sergeant Mulligan (1941)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Top Sergeant Mulligan was Monogram Pictures' attempt to cash in on the popularity of such service comedies as Abbott & Costello's Buck Privates and Laurel & Hardy's Great Guns. Frank Faylen and Charlie Hall (a longtime Laurel & Hardy foil) star as Dolan and Doolittle, a pair of goofy druggists who join the army to escape the wrath of bill collector Mulligan (Nat Pendleton, a carryover from Buck Privates). So guess who turns out to be our heroes' drill sergeant? (Hint: the film's title gives it away). Evidently deciding that Faylen and Hall couldn't carry the picture by themselves, Monogram stocked the supporting cast with an abundance of top laughmakers, including black comedian Wonderful Smith, late of Red Skelton's radio show. The film's two leading ladies are Carol Hughes (Mrs. Frank Faylen in real life) and Marjorie Reynolds, the latter singing (in a dubbed voice) the topical song hit "21 Dollars a Day-Once a Month."



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