March 28, 1944
Notes of an Innocent Bystander
The Magic Lantern: “See Here, Private Hargrove” is loaded with familiar comedy gags, but it’s got so doggone much good feeling that you skip the stencils. Besides, it’s got a pair of likable lads — Robert Walker and Keenan Wynn — as the rookies and Donna Reed as the lookie… “The Fighting Seabees” means to be a back-slap for that useful arm of the military, but sometimes the praise gets gibbery. The thing is too Hollywood-flavored to look like war … “The Heavenly Body” does not refer to Hedy Lamarr, who’s in it. The title comes from William Powell’s monkeying with the stars. Sometimes the going gets funny, but too often you can almost hear Powell’s suspenders give from the strain of carrying the frail tail. .. “Tunisian Victory,” action shots by the U.S.A. and British cameras, records some lovely shots of the Rats on the run, than which there is nothing more entertaining.