There it was in its black and white glory: "Private Buckaroo."
Certainly the movie was harmless, but what was to explain that surreal quality? It haunted a little. Then the realization: This flick was propaganda. In the next breath I'll say it was benevolent propaganda. It was an effort to sell the war cause. You would think Pearl Harbor had done that by itself.
Shemp was known for his high-pitched "bee-bee-bee" sound, a soft screech done by inhaling. He was born Samuel Horwitz. He came to be called "Shemp" because that's how his name came out in his mother's thick "Litvak" accent. He was enlisted for the Stooges two years after WWII ended.
Ever wonder why James had such a pronounced "tremolo" with his horn? It was parodied in the 1950s by the tune "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (Prez Prado). Brass players developed the pronounced tremolo in the years when recording quality was crude, so as to stand out. In later years it seemed a little misplaced. BTW the song "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" was reprised in the 1970s by Enoch Light (and the Light Brigade). That's how I got familiar with it.
BTW No. 2: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" was sung repeatedly by Robert Mitchum in the war movie "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (about the serviceman and nun stranded on the island until help came).
Lewis was reported to have said to Sinatra: "You had more fun playing my life than I had living it."