Editorial review of Buck Privates Come Home (1947) starring Abbott and Costello, courtesy of Amazon.com
In this sequel to 1941’s Buck Privates, Bud and Lou are on their way home from the war in Europe (having joined the Army by mistake in the first film). Lou is smuggling home Evey, an adorable French orphan. When Evey is discovered and scheduled for deportation, the only way Bud and Lou can keep her is to get real jobs, a real home, and a real wife. They seek out Evey’s “Aunt” Sylvia for help, but first, her fiancée needs some quick cash to get his midget-car racer ready for the big race. Of course, the whole thing ends with Lou in the car, leading the cops on a hilarious chase. And don’t worry — Evey finds a real home with Sylvia. Buck Privates Come Home is one of those rare sequels that may be better than the original. It’s got plenty of routines, sight gags, and action — and only one of those musical interludes that frustrate dyed-in-the-wool A&C fans. The following year, Bud and Lou would team up with the same director and writers to make the classic Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. —Geof Miller
Funny movie quotes from Abbott and Costello’s Buck Privates Come Home
Man: Whatâs the boy’s name?
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): Pat.
Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott): Mike.
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): Mike.
Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott): Pat.
Man: [to Evie, who’s dressed up like a boy] What’s your name?
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): [leaning in to Evie] Don’t you tell him, Evie.
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): Evie … E.V., that’s her name, Edward Vincent.
Man: HER name?
Man: Where does this little girl live?
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): Paris.
Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott): Marseilles.
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): Marseilles.
Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott): Paris.
Man: Paris and Marseilles?
Herbie Brown (Lou Costello): Her mother is a traveling salesman.
Sylvia Hunter: You love your uncle Herbie, don’t you?
Yvonne “Evie” LeBrec: Oh yes, I’d marry him if I was a little bigger and he was a little littler.
Bill Gregory: That’s my car, hey Slick, who’s racing my car?
Slicker Smith (Bud Abbott): I don’t know, I’ll ask Herbie … Herbie? Herbie can’t drive!
Trivia for Abbott and Costello’s Buck Privates Come Home
- His reprise of the role of Sergeant Collins from Buck Privates became the final film role for Nat Pendleton.