See Here, Private Hargrove

Overview

Newspaper reporter Marion Hargrove's best-selling novel was adapted to the screen by MGM as a vehicle for Robert Walker. The story is basically a series of humorous anecdotes about Hargrove's tenure at boot camp in the early days of World War II. Keenan Wynn is terrific as Hargrove's topkick, and Robert Benchley is no less superb as the father of Hargrove's girl friend Donna Reed. See Here, Private Hargrove not only secured the stardom of Robert Walker, but launched Marion Hargrove on a lengthy career as a ...
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Overview

Newspaper reporter Marion Hargrove's best-selling novel was adapted to the screen by MGM as a vehicle for Robert Walker. The story is basically a series of humorous anecdotes about Hargrove's tenure at boot camp in the early days of World War II. Keenan Wynn is terrific as Hargrove's topkick, and Robert Benchley is no less superb as the father of Hargrove's girl friend Donna Reed. See Here, Private Hargrove not only secured the stardom of Robert Walker, but launched Marion Hargrove on a lengthy career as a Hollywood screenwriter his son, Dean Hargrove, has carried on the tradition into TV. The film was followed by a lesser 1946 sequel, What Next, Corporal Hargrove?, which followed the leading character to France.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An amiable and engaging "armed services" comedy, See Here, Private Hargrove doesn't have the punch it probably did when originally released. With World War II still going on, Hargrove had a context in which its silly shenanigans carried an extra weight. Without that context, the film comes across as little more than a standard situation comedy -- but one which is quite pleasant to sit through. Certainly Hargrove is helped enormously by the presence of Robert Walker in a role that really launched him as a star. He's perfect casting, and in great form, playing the comedy for all its worth but keeping one foot in reality. It also helps that there is tremendous rapport between him and his chief co-star, Keenan Wynn. There's plenty of rapport between him and love interest Donna Reed as well, but it's really the Wynn-Walker relationship that is key to Hargrove's success. The two seem to be inevitable pals, even if one is the other's patsy, and the way they work together is a joy. Reed is also aces, filling out a role that she could easily have walked through, and there's also great support from Robert Benchley and the rest of the crew. Tay Garnett's direction is smooth and effortless, which helps a great deal. Hargrove is no classic, but it's a good, solid "laugher."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2011
  • UPC: 883316341414
  • Original Release: 1944
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,781

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Walker Pvt. Marion Hargrove
Donna Reed Carol Halliday
Keenan Wynn Pvt. Mulvehill
Robert Benchley Mr. Halliday
Ray Collins Brody S. Griffith
Chill Wills Sgt. Cramp
Bob Crosby Bob
Marta Linden Mrs. Halliday
Grant Mitchell Uncle George
Edward Fielding Gen. Dillon
Donald Curtis Sgt. Heldon
William "Bill" Phillips Pvt. Bill Burk
Douglas Fowley Capt. Manville
Eddie Acuff Capt. Hammond
Morris Ankrum Col. Forbes
Rod Bacon
Stephen Barclay Corporal
Joe Devlin Mess Sergeant
Blake Edwards Field Operator
Frank Faylen M.P.
Connie Gilchrist Farmer's Wife
Myron Healey
Louis Jean Heydt Captain
John Kelly Exercise Sergeant
Fred Kohler Jr. Lieutenant
Jack Luden Doctor
Louis Mason Farmer
Mary McLeod Girl Clerk
Dennis Moore
Mantan Moreland Porter
Maurice Murphy Lieutenant
William Newell Mr. Smith
Ted Offenbecker Pvt. Orrin Esty
Michael Owen Officer of Day
Mickey Rentschler Sergeant
Ken Scott
Clarence Straight Capt. Hamilton
Harry Strang Captain
Harry Tyler Old Man
James Warren Executive Officer
Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
Wesley Ruggles Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Stephen Goosson Art Director
Ted Grouya Songwriter
George Haight Producer
Frank E. Hull Editor
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Frank Loesser Songwriter
David Snell Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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