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Private Snuffy Smith (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 16 January 1942 (USA)
Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents, headed by Cooper, and decides to take the army up on their offer of free clothes, food and $21.00 a month. Once ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Billy DeBeck (comic strip "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith"), John Grey (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bud Duncan ... Snuffy Smith
Edgar Kennedy ... Sergeant Ed Cooper
Sarah Padden ... Lowizie Smith
J. Farrell MacDonald ... General Rosewater
Doris Linden Doris Linden ... Cindy
Jimmie Dodd ... Private Don Elbie
Andria Palmer Andria Palmer ... Janie (as Andraia Palmer)
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Lloyd (as Pat McVeigh)
Frank Austin ... Saul, Cindy's Father
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Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents, headed by Cooper, and decides to take the army up on their offer of free clothes, food and $21.00 a month. Once enlisted, he finds that revenue agent Cooper is his sergeant. Don, a hillbilly soldier friend of Snuffy, has invented a range finder, but it is stolen by some fifth columnists and hidden in Snuffy's bag. Snuffy decides he has all the army discipline he cares for and heads back to Smokey Mountain, followed closely by the enemy agents. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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'THEM VARMITS IS PESKY CRITTERS!' Hilarious Snuff Smith and his slow-burning "sarfe" will have you laffin' your pumpkin-haid off as they out-manoover a whole army! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snuffy Smith, Yard Bird See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film's credits spell Mrs. Snuffy Smith's name as "Lowizie", as it was spelled in the comic strips of that time. Later, including today, her name is spelled as "Loweezy" in the comic strip. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Comedy Legends (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Time's a-Wastin'
by Ole Olsen (as Olsen) and Chic Johnson (as Johnson), Jay Livingston (as Jay Levinson),
Ray Evans
Sung by Jimmie Dodd (uncredited)
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Possibly one of the worst films of the 1940s!
21 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The characters from this are from the comic strip "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" by Billy DeBeck. And, like most films based on strips, this one is bad….no, horrible is more like it! In fact, it may just be the most horrible film of the 1940s. Yes, it's THAT bad.

Snuffy Smith and his very stereotypical hick friends are the stars of this monstrosity. While they might look and sound a lot like the original characters, this is NOT a plus. They come off as grotesque and terribly offensive. It's hard to believe, but the folks make those from "Li'l Abner" seem like Shakespearian actors by comparison. Lots of moonshine, hick humor and the like wears incredibly thin after only a few minutes. In many ways, it is reminiscent in style to the 1980 horror "Popeye" but, and I NEVER thought I'd ever say this, the horrible "Popeye" is a better film. "Private Snuffy Smith" simply has horrible writing, horribly broad characters and not even a single entertaining moment in this rotten movie. The only things of minor interest are seeing Edgar Kennedy and Jimmy Dodd (later of "The Mickey Mouse Club" fame), but they, too, are simply terrible. The film is so bad that I can clearly understand how it was able to slip into the public domain! No one would want to claim ownership over this mess. Even Ed Wood would have been ashamed to put his name on it!


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