Salute for Three


1h 15m 1943

Brief Synopsis

Press agent Jimmy Gates (Marty May) gets an idea while watching a New York parade, for a returned war hero Sergeant Buzz McAllister (Macdonald Carey), with his chief client, singer Judy Ames (Betty Rhodes), Dona Drake (Dona Drake), leader of an all-girl orchestra; his photographer Foggy (Cliff Edwards), and his secretary Myrt (Minna Gombell). Jimmy, thinking Judy needs publicity in order to get a singing job on a radio program, thinks that a romance between her and the war hero would be just the ticket. Judy isn't too warm on the idea but agrees to go ahead for Jimmy's sake, with whom she thinks she is in love. She agrees to work on Buzz that night at the Manhattan Canteen, a converted night club where show business people entertain and wait on service men. Foggy is assigned to get pictures of Judy and Buzz together but fails through ineptness. Buzz escorts Judy home in a rainstorm and, while helping her out of the taxi, slips and falls into a deep puddle. Judy asks him to come in so she can dry his soaking-wet uniform on the kitchen stove. Foggy gains entrance to the apartment via the dumbwaiter and snaps a picture of Buzz in his underwear. The next morning Buzz tells Jimmy that he intends to marry Judy, which is going further than he had intended. He also decides he can't use the compromising - but innocent - photo for publicity purposes but does announce their - he thinks - publicity-only engagement. That clinches the deal for Judy to get a radio program called "The Girl I Left Behind." Buzz proposes to Judy, who realizes she loves Buzz and not Jimmy, and they, not knowing that Jimmy has announced their "engagement", decide to keep it a secret.

Film Details

Also Known As
Stage Door Canteen (Paramount Pictures)
Release Date
Jan 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,753ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

In New York City, a parade of soldiers inspires theatrical agent Jimmy Gates to concoct a romance between war hero Buzz McAllister and Jimmy's aspiring radio singer, Judy Ames, in order to promote Judy. As part of the ruse, Judy meets Buzz at the Manhattan Canteen, where she performs along with Jimmy's other client, Dona Drake and Her Girl Band. When Judy sees that Buzz is virtually drowning in female attention, she plays hard to get. The tactic works as Buzz finds her apparent disinterest refreshing. Judy and Buzz continue to date, and Jimmy sends his photographer, Foggy, to follow them, but Foggy fails to get any good pictures. Judy, who is in love with Jimmy, resents using Buzz, and begs Jimmy to let her quit. Jimmy agrees to take her out that night, but instead gives the tickets to Buzz. Disappointed, Judy insists on going home, and when Buzz falls in a puddle, she invites him in to dry off. Foggy hides in the dumbwaiter and snatches a photo of them together while Buzz is in his underpants, and an air raid blackout forces Buzz to remain at the apartment. When Judy discovers Buzz has fallen asleep on the couch, she covers him with a blanket and retires to her bedroom. The next morning, Buzz tells Jimmy that he plans to propose to Judy, and when Foggy shows him the picture, Jimmy believes that he has lost his true love. Nevertheless, Jimmy uses the photo to get Judy a featured spot on the "Girl I Left Behind Me" radio program, and publicizes Judy and Buzz's engagement. Judy is completely unaware of Buzz's intentions, however, until later that night, while she is working as a volunteer nurse at a hospital, Buzz proposes. Judy realizes that she now loves Buzz, and accepts his proposal. The next day, however, Buzz learns from Dona that Judy's interest in him was all a set-up and leaves Judy before she can explain that she truly loves him. Jimmy decides to enlist in the Army, and uses his influence with Buzz's commanding officer, an old friend, to force Buzz to appear on the radio show. Buzz reluctantly attends the show, during which Judy tries to explain her situation, but Buzz refuses to listen and walks out, forcing Judy to continue the show heartbroken. The next day, Jimmy visits Judy backstage at the canteen and decides to help her get Buzz back. He sends Foggy to find Buzz and bring him to the canteen, where he is to perform that night. Buzz returns and he and Judy make up, but agree not to marry immediately because Judy does not want to hurt Jimmy, who she realizes is in love with her. In the midst of Judy's song, both Buzz and Jimmy receive their orders to report immediately, and Judy bids them farewell with her music.

Film Details

Also Known As
Stage Door Canteen (Paramount Pictures)
Release Date
Jan 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,753ft (8 reels)

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Notes

The working title of this film was Stage Door Canteen, but the picture was never associated with the 1943 United Artists release of the same name (see below), or with the actual Stage Door Canteen in New York City. Hollywood Reporter news items report the following: Robert Preston was initially cast in the lead role, and Tony Rivers, a war veteran, left the cast due to illness. An article in Los Angeles Times noted that Gil Lamb was slated to appear in the film, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. This was MacDonald Carey's last screen appearance before entering the Marine Corps.