Caught in the Draft


1h 22m 1941

Brief Synopsis

Don Bolton is a movie star who can't stand loud noises. To evade the draft, he decides to get married...but falls for a colonel's daughter. By mistake, he and his two cronies enlist. In basic training, Don hopes to make a good impression on the fair Antoinette and her father, but his military career is largely slapstick. Will he ever get his corporal's stripes?

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 4, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,114ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Lead actor Don Bolton practically faints from the sounds of gunshots while filming a war movie. When real-life Colonel Peter Fairbanks visits the set with his beautiful daughter Tony, Don insults them by mistaking Fairbanks for an actor and ordering the makeup man to put mud on the colonel. Smitten by Tony, Don convinces her to go out with him. He soon proposes to her to keep himself from being drafted but backs out when the draft age is raised to thirty-five. Tony is appalled when she discovers his ulterior motive, and to improve her opinion of him, Don goes to his local recruitment office to enlist, but discovers too late that he is dealing with a real enlistment officer, not the actor that he hired. At training camp with his assistant Bert and manager Steve, Don visits Tony and her father, who is stationed there, and Fairbanks makes a deal with Don that if he can actually make the rank of corporal, he will consent to his marriage to Tony. Don, Bert and Steve consistently get into trouble, however, and spend most of their time on kitchen patrol. Tony, having fallen in love with Don, defends him to her father. Finally, Don, Bert and Steve's sergeant leaves them behind to keep them out of trouble while the rest of the unit participates in war games. The trio decides to change some of the signposts to help their unit win; however, the signs lead the troop directly into an artillery range. Tony, who has been berating the three men as cowards, attempts to pass through the line of fire to save the troops, but when her horse throws her, Dan overcomes his fear of gunfire, even after being hit in the arm, and crawls through the firing range to head off the troops. Don, Bert and Steve earn their promotions and Don and Tony marry.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 4, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,114ft (8 reels)

Quotes

Mmmm, that's a bundle! She looks like Dorothy Lamour with clothes on.
- Don Bolton
I went out with a girl once that told me to go jump in the lake... When I got back, she was gone.
- Bert
I had an uncle who was a hero in the last war. Broke up a gas attack singlehanded.
- Steve
How, with bicarbonate of soda?
- Don Bolton

Trivia

Notes

According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, producer B. G. DeSylva created the original story idea and collaborated on the story development of this, his first picture for Paramount. According to the press book, the National Guardsmen trained the actors to look like real soldiers, and Look noted that the film was produced under the guidance of the War Department. Charles Schoenbaum is credited with photography in Hollywood Reporter production charts through February 7, 1941; Karl Struss, who received screen credit, is credited in production charts beginning February 14, 1941. A April 1, 1941 news item in Hollywood Reporter noted that Paramount planned its press preview for Fort Ord, CA on May 2, 1941, where it was expected that Major General Joseph W. Stilwell would oversee the proceedings. Bob Hope, in his autobiography, notes that some scenes were shot at Malibu Canyon, which he later purchased, and that Harry Ray was his makeup man.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1941

Released in United States on Video May 19, 1993

Released in United States 1941

Released in United States on Video May 19, 1993