Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, Dane Clark, as well as many other performers appear in cameo appearances in the 1944 American musical romantic comedy movie Hollywood Canteen. Warner Bros. produced the film. Delmer Daves wrote and directed the picture, which got three Oscar nominations.
Prior deploying to active service inside the South Pacific, two soldiers on leave spent three nights at the Hollywood Canteen. Slim Green (Robert Hutton) is the one millionth GI to visit the Canteen, earning him a date with Joan Leslie. Sergeant Nolan (Dane Clark), the other GI, gets to dance with Joan Crawford. Bette Davis and John Garfield, two of the Canteen’s founders, provide speeches about the Canteen’s history.
The soldiers are entertained by a range of musical songs performed by such a number of Hollywood celebrities as well as comedians like Jack Benny as well as his violin.
The Hollywood Canteen, a free entertainment club for troops, serves as the scene for the movie. During World War II, Hollywood celebrities Bette Davis as well as John Garfield established the Canteen as either a GI morale booster, and most of those who appeared inside the movie had already volunteered to labour there or even provide entertainment.
The Andrews Sisters, Joan Crawford, Faye Emerson, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale Sr., Paul Henreid, Joan Leslie, Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Dorothy Malone, Dennis Morgan, Janis Paige, Eleanor Parker, Roy Rogers (with Trigger), S.Z. Sakall, Zachary Scott, Alexis Smith, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Wyman, as well as Jimmy Dorsey are among them.
The Golden Gate Quartet, an all-black quartet, makes an appearance that is unlike any other. They’d performed at President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third inauguration and in period films, both of which were “firsts” for black artists.
Another appearance features Joan McCracken inside a great dance performance reminiscent of her later dance in Good News, directly from either the musical Oklahoma!
The Stage Door Canteen, which was also featured in a 1943 movie, was the East Coast equivalent.
The movie’s started production in 1943, but was suspended owing to wage disagreements between the Screen Actors Guild and Warner Bros. out over amount prominent performers would be compensated with even brief appearances in the picture. The Sunset Strip, Bel-Air Estates, as well as the Veterans Administration Hospital were among the filming locations. This picture was the first to employ new Warner Bros. recording equipment, such as a cueing mechanism.