Buck Privates Come Home
What greets them are a series of obstacles of veteran readjuments, particularly unemployment and a housing crunch. It's the comedy answer to Best Years of Our Lives, if you like.
But what surprised me was a war orphan subplot. Michael Lawrence has been working on the figure of the orphan in 40s Hollywood and its relation to affect and the child star. My own essay on the sentimental drama dealt with, tangentially, the orphan as a trope of historical trauma. Here, clearly, the orphan is played for comic effect, but there's also a clear interpellation of the spectator as a humanist, caring world-citizen.
One other thing worth noting is the relatively lavish production values, including some fine-tuned black and white cinematography. Clearly, the stars success for Universal led to bigger budgets.