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Caught in the Draft

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Caught in the Draft
Directed byDavid Butler
Written byWilkie C. Mahoney
Harry Tugend
Produced byBuddy G. DeSylva
StarringBob Hope
Dorothy Lamour
Eddie Bracken
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byIrene Morra
Music byVictor Young
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 25, 1941 (1941-06-25)
Running time
82 minues
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.2 million (U.S. and Canada rentals)[1]

Caught in the Draft is a 1941 American comedy film directed by David Butler and starring Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Eddie Bracken. It was produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Released six months before the Attack on Pearl Harbor and American entry into World War II it deals with the peacetime draft brought in the previous year as part of the country's mobilization preparations for future war.[2] [3]

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Don Bolton, a vain movie star who fears being drafted into the military, suffers an aversion to loud noises -- even fake gunshots on the set. He therefore doubts he would last a day in training. On one occasion, Col. Peter Fairbanks visits the studio as technical consultant on a war film. He brings his beautiful daughter Tony with him. Don plots to marry the colonel's daughter to avoid the draft. After proposing to her, however, he immediately learns that draft eligibility ends at age 31. So Don, who is 32, retracts his proposal. A disgusted Tony accuses him of cowardice.

A few weeks later, Don realizes he's in love with Tony after all. He wants to impress her, so he stages a fake enlistment. But everything backfires, and before he knows it, Don's in the Army, along with his assistant Bert and his manager Steve. At training camp, Col. Fairbanks is CO. He tells Don if he ever gets promoted to corporal, he can marry Tony. But Army life proves almost too much for the trio. Consequently, they endure lots of KP duty as punishment.

Later, when Don and his companions are transferred to a distant base, a camp war game is set up. During the "fighting," Bert alters the signposts in the field in order to help his team. But the result proves disastrous; the men on the opposing team now follow a route into a live artillery range. Don overcomes his fear of noise to rescue the men. He also saves Tony, who is observing the games while riding horseback. After this success, Don is promoted to corporal and is now free to marry Tony.[4]



The film was a big hit and became Paramount's second most successful release of 1941 after Louisiana Purchase, also starring Bob Hope.


  1. ^ "York's 4,000,000". Variety. December 31, 1941. p. 20. Retrieved December 9, 2023.
  2. ^ Bennett p.81
  3. ^ Dick p.96
  4. ^ "Caught in the Draft".


  • Bennett, M. Todd. One World, Big Screen: Hollywood, the Allies, and World War II. UNC Press Books, 2012.
  • Dick, Bernard F. The Star-Spangled Screen: The American World War II Film. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

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