“Private Buckaroo” is a musical comedy film released in 1942, directed by Edward F. Cline and starring The Andrews Sisters, Dick Foran, and Joe E. Lewis.
The film tells the story of a group of new recruits who join the Army during World War II. Among the recruits is Johnny Jones (Dick Foran), a talented singer who is encouraged to audition for a spot in the Army band by the famous Andrews Sisters.
As the recruits train and prepare for battle, they also participate in various musical performances and comedy routines. The film features several musical numbers performed by The Andrews Sisters, including their hit song “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
Along the way, the recruits face various challenges and obstacles, including a tough drill sergeant (played by Joe E. Lewis) and a rival Army unit led by a scheming officer (played by Harry James).
As the film reaches its climax, the recruits are called into action and must put their training to the test on the battlefield. In the end, they prove themselves as brave and capable soldiers, while also entertaining their fellow soldiers with their musical talents.
“Private Buckaroo” was made during World War II as a morale booster for American soldiers and civilians. The film combines elements of comedy, music, and patriotism, and features some of the era’s most popular entertainers. It remains a nostalgic look back at the wartime era and a testament to the spirit of American patriotism and resilience.
Edward F. Cline
Edmond Kelso, Edward James, Paul Gerard Smith
Harry James, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews