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A Wave, a WAC and a Marine (1944)

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70 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Henny, talent scout for the Margaret Ames Film Agency in Hollywood, mistakes Judy and Marian, the understudies, for Eileen and Betty, the real stars of a Broadway show and signs them up for movies. Margaret, furious with Henny for the ...See moreHenny, talent scout for the Margaret Ames Film Agency in Hollywood, mistakes Judy and Marian, the understudies, for Eileen and Betty, the real stars of a Broadway show and signs them up for movies. Margaret, furious with Henny for the blunder, fires him---but only temporarily. Another agent, Marty Allen, once married to and still in love with Margaret, signs Betty and Eileen. Henny arrives with Judy and Marian, and the nightclub manager asks Henny to emcee the show. Though he is not sure himself what they can do, Henny introduces the girls and they make a hit in a dramatic sketch. (Simmer down, it's just a Monogram movie, and their nightclub attendees can react anyway director Phil Karlstein/Karlson wants them to.) Big-time movie producer R. J. signs them to a film contract. So, what does this have to do with the title, "A WAVE, a WAC and a Marine"? Because Judy joins the WAVES, Marian the WACS and Marty the Marines and all have two weeks before induction, and that is more than long enough to shoot a Monogram musical-within-a-Monogram musical and have a few days to spare. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Phil Karlson (as Phil Karlstein)
Writer
Hal Fimberg (original screenplay)
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Updated Oct 7, 1944

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Oct 7, 1944 (United States)

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28 cast members
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Elyse Knox
Marian Marian   See fewer
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Ann Gillis
Judy (as Anne Gillis) Judy (as Anne Gillis)   See fewer
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Sally Eilers
Margaret Ames Margaret Ames   See fewer
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Richard Lane
Marty Allen Marty Allen   See fewer
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Henny Youngman
O. Henry Brown O. Henry Brown   See fewer
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Charles 'Red' Marshall
Red (as 'Red' Marshall) Red (as 'Red' Marshall)   See fewer
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Alan Dinehart
R. J., the Producer R. J., the Producer   See fewer
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Billy Mack
Billy Mack Billy Mack   See fewer
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Aileen Pringle
Newswoman Newswoman   See fewer
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Jack Mulhall
Bartender Bartender   See fewer
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Mabel Todd
Nurse Nurse   See fewer
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Milt Bronson
Milton Bronson (as Milton Bronson) Milton Bronson (as Milton Bronson)   See fewer
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Elvia Allman
Elvira Allman - Woman in Cab Elvira Allman - Woman in Cab   See fewer
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Sid Tomack
Sid Tomack - Man in Cab Sid Tomack - Man in Cab   See fewer
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Rose Murphy
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Freddie Rich
Leader Freddie Rich Orchestra Leader Freddie Rich Orchestra   See fewer
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Connie Haines
Singer - Freddie Rich Orchestra Singer - Freddie Rich Orchestra   See fewer
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Freddie Rich and His Orchestra
Orchestra (as Freddie Rich Orchestra) Orchestra (as Freddie Rich Orchestra)   See fewer
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The Music Maids
Singers Singers   See fewer
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Mel Blanc
Cameraman (uncredited) Cameraman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Gardner
Walters (uncredited) Walters (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lola Hannah
Wedding attendant (uncredited) Wedding attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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I. Stanford Jolley
Makeup Artist (uncredited) Makeup Artist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sid Melton
Agent (uncredited) Agent (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Williams
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.7 / 10 | 53 votes