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Hey, Rookie (1944)

Approved | | Musical | 6 April 1944 (USA)
Musical comedy star Jimmy Leighter wants to get away from show biz and his leading lady Winnie Clark, so he joins the Army. There he gets the order to put on a show, Winnie Clark appears in... See full summary »


Charles Barton


Henry Myers (screenplay), Edward Eliscu (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Miller ... Winnie Clark
Joe Besser ... Pendelton (Pudge) Pfeiffer
Larry Parks ... Jim Leighter
Joe Sawyer ... Sergeant
Jimmy Little Jimmy Little ... Bert Pfeiffer
Selmer Jackson ... Col. Robbins
Larry Thompson ... Capt. Jessop
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Clark
Charles Trowbridge ... General Willis
Charles C. Wilson ... Sam Jonas
Syd Saylor ... Cpl. Trupp
Doodles Weaver ... Maxon
Hi-Lo Jack and the Dame Hi-Lo Jack and the Dame ... Specialty
Nick Condos Nick Condos ... Dance Specialty (as Condos Brothers)
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Dance Specialty (as Condos Brothers)


Musical comedy star Jimmy Leighter wants to get away from show biz and his leading lady Winnie Clark, so he joins the Army. There he gets the order to put on a show, Winnie Clark appears in a camp show, hears about his task and offers him his help. He thinks, she does it for her publicity only, so he doesn't want to know anything about this, till he finds out, that she has no such intentions. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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THE KHAKI-GO-WACKIEST MUSICAL SHOW OF 'EM ALL! (original poster-Allcaps) See more »




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Release Date:

6 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cantinera del batallón See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Besser and Jimmy Little were signed on the strength of Besser's popular "army drill" routine, which they perform in the movie. It had earlier been "borrowed" for The Three Stooges' Boobs in Arms (1940). See more »

Crazy Credits

"This photoplay is based upon the musical stage production 'Hey, Rookie', as originally presented by the 'Yardbirds of Fort MacArthur.'

To those men behind the fighting fronts who make possible entertainment of the soldier, by the soldier and for the soldier, this picture is respectfully dedicated." See more »


Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »


He's Got a WAVE in His Hair and a WAAC on His Hands
Written by Sonny Burke and Hugh Prince
Sung by quartet (likely Hi-Lo Jack and the Dame)
Danced by Nick Condos and Steve Condos
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Morale Booster for the Nation at War
9 October 2009 | by DeborahPainter855See all my reviews

I love this movie... it has funny bits of business and great songs like "I Hear Taps" and "You're Good For My Morale", sung by Larry Parks and Ann Miller. The story is about Jim Leighter (Parks), a producer of hit musicals, who enlists in the Army during wartime. He wants to forget about his ex sweetheart (Miller) who walked out on his last production. Leighter's C. O. at Fort MacArthur directs him to put on a show for the men and some visiting Army brass on two hundred and fifty dollars... in his spare time... and in three weeks. How will he do it, especially since his ex girlfriend has shown up to "help" him?

Joe Besser is a delight as "Pudge", a lazy "rookie" who pitches in to help. Besser later became one of the Three Stooges. Also appearing uncredited in the cast is Forrest J Ackerman, the famed "Mr. Science Fiction", in his very first cameo. Forry was the real life editor of the Fort MacArthur Bulletin/Alert that is shown in the picture.

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