“Private Snuffy Smith” is a comedy film released in 1942, directed by Edward F. Cline and starring Bud Duncan, Edgar Kennedy, and Sarah Padden.
The film tells the story of Snuffy Smith (Bud Duncan), a lazy hillbilly who is drafted into the Army during World War II. Snuffy is initially resistant to military life and spends much of his time avoiding work and causing trouble.
However, Snuffy’s life takes a turn when he falls in love with a nurse named Miss Dottie (Mary Ainslee). To impress her, Snuffy decides to shape up and become a model soldier.
As Snuffy begins to take his military duties seriously, he also helps his fellow soldiers in various ways, such as by using his hunting skills to provide food for the unit.
The film features several humorous moments, including Snuffy’s attempts to master military drill and his interactions with the strict Sergeant McGurk (Edgar Kennedy).
In the end, Snuffy proves himself as a loyal and capable soldier, and he is awarded a medal for his bravery.
“Private Snuffy Smith” was made during World War II and served as a lighthearted reminder of the importance of patriotism and service to one’s country. The film combined comedy with elements of drama and romance, and featured a colorful cast of characters. It remains a nostalgic look back at the wartime era and a reminder of the spirit of American resilience and humor.
Edward F. Cline
Billy DeBeck, John Grey, Jack Henley
Bud Duncan, Edgar Kennedy, Sarah Padden