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Rodney Marblehead's (Joe Besser) draft notice places him in Sgt. Flint's (Dick Wessel) platoon. Flint continually winds up on the receiving end of Rodney's bumbling, leading to a bet with Sgt. Good, who claims that if Marblehead is coddled he will wind up on a promotion list within 1 month. Flint tries to hold his temper, but Rodney still manages to wind up on KP where he accidentally dumps glue into the mess hall's soup. Adding to Flint's woes are Rodney's great dane Homer, who misses his master and follows him to the Army camp, interrupting the platoon's training exercises and sleep.

DIZZY YARDBIRD was originally written as WHAT A SOLDIER!, an unproduced 1941 short intended for Buster Keaton.  It went thru additional drafts in Nov. 1942 and Jan. 1943 before being shelved over potential complaints from the War Dept.  Post-war, Jules White dusted it off and assigned it to Joe Besser.

Later reworked with stock footage as G. I. DOOD IT (1955), also starring Joe Besser.

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Joe Besser (Solo)
Release Date
March 09, 1950
Production Type
Short Subject
16.67 min.
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Working Title(s):   WHAT A SOLDIER!
Prod. No.:   4138
Shooting Days:   3 days   From: 1949-01-19   To: 1949-01-21

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