During the course of the Second World War there were thousands of canteens across the fruited plane (canteens were establishments where the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the Allied armies could relax, have a bite and take a spin with the local girls) - but there were only two truly famous ones: the Hollywood Canteen in Los Angeles and the Stage Door Canteen in New York City, both lousy with the glamorous celebutantes of the day. It was in these two locales that the stars of both stage and screen could be found waiting and busing tables, preparing food and cracking wise with the war's allied combatants (no officers were allowed). With a back-drop like that, thought some United Artist executives, the script practically wrote itself! That said, they pulled off the lens cap, trucked-in a pride of Hollywood celebrities and began filming.
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