You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hollywood Canteen

Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen.

Cast:
Robert Hutton Joan Leslie Bette Davis John Garfield Sydney Greenstreet Joan Crawford

Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen.

Robert Hutton and Joan Leslie emerge as the real stars of the filmusical. They carry the story and a human one it is, too. Hutton looks like the ideal GI Joe, back with a Purple Heart from the South Pacific, and his buddy (Dane Clark) looks the perfect Brooklynite.

Story has Hutton winding up not only meeting his dream-girl (Leslie) but is also the lucky winner as the millionth guest of the Hollywood Canteen. That entitles him to an Arabian Nights suite, car, gifts and his choice of actresses for his weekend date. Natch, it’s Leslie. What’s nice is that real-life Leslie plays herself with charm, poise and ease, and the plot is so glib one accepts the romance wholeheartedly.

1944: Nominations: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, Sound, Song (‘Sweet Dreams Sweetheart’)

Hollywood Canteen

Production: Warner. Dir Delmer Daves; Producer Alex Gottlieb; Screenplay Delmer Daves; Camera Bert Glennon; Editor Christian Nyby; Music Ray Heindorf (adapt.) Art Dir Leo Kuter

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 124 MIN.

With: Robert Hutton Joan Leslie Bette Davis John Garfield Sydney Greenstreet Joan Crawford

More Film

  • Bill Pullman

    Bill Pullman Doubles His Treasure at the Woodstock Film Festival

    Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen. Robert Hutton and Joan Leslie emerge as the real stars of the filmusical. They carry the story and a human one it is, too. Hutton looks like the ideal GI […]

  • Harvey Weinstein Bob Weinstein

    Bob Weinstein Harassment Claim: The Scandal Spreads (Analysis)

    Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen. Robert Hutton and Joan Leslie emerge as the real stars of the filmusical. They carry the story and a human one it is, too. Hutton looks like the ideal GI […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Film Academy Won't Be 'Inquisitorial Court,' Oscars President Says

    Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen. Robert Hutton and Joan Leslie emerge as the real stars of the filmusical. They carry the story and a human one it is, too. Hutton looks like the ideal GI […]

  • Vanessa Hudgens

    Vanessa Hudgens Joins Jennifer Lopez in Romantic Comedy 'Second Act'

    Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen. Robert Hutton and Joan Leslie emerge as the real stars of the filmusical. They carry the story and a human one it is, too. Hutton looks like the ideal GI […]

  • 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' film

    Tyler Perry Hopes 'Boo 2!' Can Help Bring Laughter to Nation's 'Darkness'

    Author-director Delmer Daves scripted Stage Door Canteen for Sol Lesser in early 1943 and he parlayed himself into another smasheroo for Warners with Hollywood Canteen. Robert Hutton and Joan Leslie emerge as the real stars of the filmusical. They carry the story and a human one it is, too. Hutton looks like the ideal GI […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content