Tanks a Million

Tanks a Million

Director: Fred Guiol Cast: William Tracy, James Gleason, Noah Beery Jr.


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Tanks a Million

In 1941, producer Hal Roach abandoned production of full-length features in favor of a new concept: The "Streamliner," a four-reel film-halfway between a short subject and a feature-designed for the double-bill market. The first Roach streamliner was the timely service comedy Tanks a Million, previewed in August of 1941 and released by United Artists the following month. Chubby William Tracy starred as Dodo Doubleday, a feckless Army draftee blessed (or cursed) with a photographic memory. Inexplicably promoted to sergeant, Doubleday becomes the bane of topkick Sgt. Ames' (Joe Sawyer) existence. On the verge of being booted out of service because of his constant bumbling, Doubleday redeems himself by curing his commanding officer of a bad case of "mike fright" just before a network radio broadcast. At 50 minutes, Tanks a Million was one of the longer streamliners, and one of the best: it would spawn several William Tracy-Joe Sawyer sequels, including Hay Foot, About Face, Fall In and Yanks Ahoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2015
UPC: 0089218767899
Original Release: 1941
Source: Alpha Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Tracy Sgt. Ames
James Gleason Barkley
Noah Beery Charlie
Joe Sawyer Sgt. Ames
Elyse Knox Jeanne
Douglas Fowley Capt. Rossmead
Knox Manning Radio Announcer
Frank Faylen Skivic
Frank Melton Cleary
Harold Goodwin Lt. Caldwell
William Gould Maj. Green
Norman Kerry Major
Dick Wessel Monkman

Technical Credits
Fred Guiol Director
Richard C. Currier Editor
Charles Hall Art Director
Robert Pittack Cinematographer
Hal Roach Producer
Edward E. Seabrook Screenwriter
Roy Seawright Special Effects
Paul Gerard Smith Screenwriter
Edward Ward Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Warren Wilson Screenwriter

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