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Buck Privates

Released 1941
Distributor Universal

The peacetime draft in pre-Pearl Harbor America forms the background for Abbott & Costello’s breakthrough movie, full of their best vaudeville material flawlessly performed. Its blockbuster success paved the way for Bud and Lou to reign as film and radio’s top funnymen throughout the war years. They ended up competing with themselves when their earlier movies were reissued by Realart in the 1950s while they were still making new movies for Universal.

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About Larry Cohen

The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders.  His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels.  Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular.  He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up. Larry passed away on March 23, 2019.

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