A Wave, a WAC and a Marine
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 7 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 8, 2012
- Originally Released: 1944
- Label: Mr. FAT-W Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Henny Youngman, Elyse Knox & Ann Gillis|
|Directed by||Phil Karlson|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Henny Youngman stars as O. Henry Brown, a talent scout for the Margaret Ames Film Agency in Hollywood, who comes to New York to sign the stars of a musical comedy but accidentally mistakes the understudies for the real stars of a Broadway show. Margaret, furious with Brown for the blunder, fires him but his luck changes when the film's producer discovers, by accident, that the understudies are much more talented than they imagined.
Released by Monogram, A WAVE, A WAC AND A MARINE was packaged by Biltmore Productions, a partnership consisting of Abbott and Costello's agent Eddie Sherman and Lou Costello's father Sebastian Cristillo. Though Elyse Knox, Sally Eilers and Ann Gillis head the cast, the film is a showcase for nightclub comedian Henny Youngman, here cast as a Hollywood agent named (what else') Henny. Sent out by his studio to sign up a pair of gorgeous Broadway stars (Ramsay Ames and Marjorie Woodworth) Henny signs the stars' understudies (Knox and Gillis) by mistake. Fortunately, the "substitutes" are every bit as talented as the real stars, and as a result are contracted to appear in a big-budget film, cast as the aforementioned WAVE and WAC (who's the Marine)' Henny Youngman's delivery was as sharp then as it is now, but he was undermined by substandard sound recording. More impressive was the first-time direction of former Universal production assistant Philip Karlstein, who went on to auteur fame as Phil Karlson.
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