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Kilroy Was Here (1947)

Approved | | Comedy | 19 July 1947 (USA)
"Kilroy Was Here" was a popular expression during World War II, but it's not much fun to John J. Kilroy, who has to try to live with all the jokes and wisecracks regarding his name.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Dick Irving Hyland (screenplay), Dick Irving Hyland (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Cooper ... John J. Kilroy
Jackie Coogan ... Pappy Collins
Wanda McKay ... Connie Harcourt
Frank Jenks ... Butch Miller
Norman Phillips Jr. Norman Phillips Jr. ... Elmer Hatch (as Norman Phillips)
Rand Brooks ... Rodney Meadows
Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough ... Prof. Thomas Shepherd
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... 1st Cab Driver (as Frank Scannell)
Patti Brill Patti Brill ... Marge Connors
Robert Coogan ... Soldier Cheer Leader
Joseph Forte Joseph Forte ... College Registar (as Joe Forte)
Sid Melton ... Joe - Cab Driver (as Sidney Melton)
Pat Goldin Pat Goldin ... Waiter (as Pat Golden)
Raymond Largay Raymond Largay ... Dean Butler, college Professor
Gil Stratton ... Jimmy White
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Returning G. I. John J. Kilroy (Jackie Cooper), whose main ambition is to get a college education, finds himself one-half credit short for college entrance. Connie Harcourt (Wanda McKay) writes feature stories about him as "Kilroy,", the most talked about G. I. of the war, and is able to get him registered. Fraternity members grow dubious and attempt to make him withdraw from college. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Is He Man or Myth!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1947 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mediocre Film About A Memorable Meme
2 April 2017 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

With a title of KILROY WAS HERE you're instantly struck by the name of the movie. We've all heard it along with the instantly recognisable drawing of a bald man peeking over a wall. Apparently this meme took off during the Second World War but searching on Wikipedia it seems to have its origins before the war. That said according to wiki it did come in to popular during the war

The premise of this movie is that it features a character called John J Kilroy who after leaving the army tries to get a college education and uses somewhat underhand means in order to get this education via his legendary name. It's actually a good premise and contains a couple of subplots that should make it an even better film. One is a potential romance with a female student called Connie has her own agenda for wanting to know Kilroy. The second aspect is that the posh educated middle class students who were exempt from the draft look down upon Kilroy due to a combination of social class and jealousy that they never fought in the war

Do you agree this sounds like a very good idea for a movie, especially one that was made just after the war ? I think so too. Sadly however the production team seem to miss all the potential they had at their disposal and the film just seems to drift about like a rudderless boat. Jackie Cooper puts in a likable performance and it's not difficult to pick a side. The opposition - privileged students - aren't very well drawn however and make little impact due to both the casting and writing and you're left feeling KILROY WAS HERE should be miles better than it actually is


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