War-time films set in stateside training camps abounded in the early '40s. Often, these films utilized the basic plot points of programmers but set the action in the contemporary locale of an army camp. Tom Neal plays Wally Williams, a trainee who's so full of himself that his fellow candidates -- and maybe the audience -- dislike him. Handsome, cocky, and self-centered, Wally is itching to show up his fellow classmates... especially in front of pretty Carol Harkness (Evelyn Keyes). Wally senses a rival for Carol's attention and sets his sights on Frank Molloy (Bruce Bennett), an infantryman returning for officer training who struggles with the coursework despite being the only student with actual war-time experience. Newly remastered.
This flag-waving Columbia programmer concentrates on five young Officer's Candidate School applicants. Each of the protagonists aspires to an officer's commission in the Anti-Artillery Aircraft Command. All the clichéd characterizations are in attendance, from the brash show-off (Tom Neal) to the seen-it-all veteran (Bruce Bennett). Evelyn Keyes is the obligatory romantic lead, while future "Ward Cleaver" Hugh Beaumont shows up as a hard-nosed lieutenant. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A SOLDIER was largely filmed on location at the OCS training headquarters of Camp Davis, North Carolina. Excerpts from the film were later reused in Columbia's THE RACKET MAN, which also starred Tom Neal.
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