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My Buddy

My Buddy(1944)

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The following written dedication appears after the opening credits: "This picture is dedicated to our boys and girls in the armed forces and to the task of reminding us that we must prepare our great land for their return to civilian life, so that they shall come back free men and women to a land of peace and security and equal opportunity for all." The popular 1920s song "My Buddy" was not written until 1922, although in the film it is sung in 1918, at the end of World War I. "Eddie" identifies the song with his fallen comrade, "Spats," and is reminded of Spats when he hears the song again while serving time in prison. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts include Kenne Duncan in the cast, his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA rejected a April 1, 1944 version of the script, stating that it contained "gangster activities in violation of the special regulations re crime in motion pictures" and also "an illicit sex affair." A revised script was approved by the PCA in May 1944, although the office advised Republic to emphasize that "Eddie was not typical of the returned soldiers," but was instead a special case worthy of the attention of the senatorial committee.