The Adventures of a Rookie (1943)

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Two bumbling GIs manage to get themselves invited to a dinner party at a boarding house "for women only". When the cook comes down with scarlet fever, the authorities quarantine the house ... See full summary »


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4 November 2019 | MartinHafer
| Abbott and Costello-ish.
As other reviewers have noted, "The Adventures of a Rookie" is RKO Studio's attempt to create their own Abbott & Costello-like comedy. There were two problems with this....Wally Brown and Alan Carney. The duo simply weren't very funny...and it didn't help that the writers were apparently sleepwalking through the scriptwriting process. There were barely any laughs in the picture...and sticking so close to the plot of "Buck Privates" (Abbott & Costello's first major hit movie) was just lazy.

Jerry (Brown) and the cretinous Wally (Carney) are drafted into the army. While Jerry is dim, he's at least human. As for Wally, he makes Lou Costello look like a Rhodes scholar by comparison. Through the course of the film they drive their sergeant crazy as well as befriend a nice guy and thereby ruin his life.

The bottom line is that the film is watchable but not much more. It lacks pretty much everything you want in a wartime comedy....and it's obvious why Brown & Carney are pretty much forgotten today.

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