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Pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter note that RKO originally conceived this picture as the first in a proposed series featuring the comic adventures of two American soldiers during World War II. The studio was seeking a new comedy team, similar to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, to star as the soldiers, and later cast Wally Brown and Alan Carney in the roles. According to a news item in Hollywood Citizen-News, both Brown and Carney had performed solo comedy routines in vaudeville before coming to Hollywood, where RKO teamed them together as a comedy duo. Although they starred in only one other "Rookies" picture, the 1943 film Rookies in Burma , they were later paired in other RKO films, often playing the characters of "Jerry Miles" and "Mike Strager." In a War Department memo, found at NARS, Edward L. Munson, Jr., a member of the Information Branch of the Public Relations Division, commented about this picture, "There is no one single element to be commended in this adolescently conceived treatment. It paints a false and misleading picture of our Army...of our enemies...and of the hazards of war. While I have seen many film treatments, many scripts, and many completed pictures, the attached treatment reaches a new, all-time low."