Caught in the Draft (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

Caught in the Draft (1939)





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Bob Hope plays a famous movie star who does his best to avoid the pre-war draft, but ends up in uniform all the same. Hope marries Dorothy Lamour, the daughter of Army colonel Clarence Kolb, in hopes that this union will help him sidestep military service. Stuck in boot camp, Hope is a class-A screw-up until redeeming himself during a sham battle--though his "heroic" commandeering of a tank began as yet another boo-boo. Still not entirely certain that Hope could carry a film by himself, Paramount teamed him with Eddie Bracken and Lynne Overman--a sort of Abbott and Costello plus One. Despite the efforts to make Bob Hope part of an ensemble, it is clear from the first frame to the last who is truly the star of Caught in the Draft.


Bob Hope
as Don Bolton
Dorothy Lamour
as Antoinette 'Tony' Fairbanks
Eddie Bracken
as Bert Sparks
Lynne Overman
as Steve Riggs
Clarence Kolb
as Col. Peter Fairbanks
Paul Hurst
as Sgt. Bums
Irving Bacon
as Cogswell
Arthur Loft
as Director
Edgar Dearing
as Recruiting Sergeant
Murray Alper
as Makeup Man
Dave Willock
as Colonel's orderly
Rita Owen
as Cleaning Nurse
Frances Morris
as Stretcher nurse
Ella Neal
as Nurse
Edward Hearn
as Operation manager
Jimmie Dodd
as Indignant Patient
Leonard Henry
as Corporal
Archie Twitchell
as Stretcher patient
Jack Luden
as Captain
Jerry Jerome
as Captain
Ray Flynn
as Lt. Colonel
David Oliver
as Cameraman
Frank Marlowe
as Twitchell
Heinie Conklin
as Sign Hanger
Edwin Stanley
as Medical examiner
Arch Macnair
as Toothless Man
Weldon Heyburn
as Sergeant at Examining depot
George McKay
as Quartermaster Sgt.
Andrew Tombes
as Justice of the Peace
Len Henry
as Corporal
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Critic Reviews for Caught in the Draft

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From Abbott & Costello and Martin & Lewis to Bill Murray and (shudder) Pauly Shore, it seems a rite of passage for popular comedians from all eras to tackle a military comedy.

March 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Released just months prior to the US entry into WWII, this comedy offers Bob Hope one of his funniest roles.

April 29, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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