When Willie leaves home to join the war effort he is all ready to become a hero, but he is only frustrated when his posting ends up to be in his home town, and he is recruited into training, keeping him from the action. However, when he finds himself accidently behind enemy lines he unexpectedly becomes a hero after all. Written by
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Misfired comedy attempt loses impact due to sour premise
With John Ford at the helm, one expected a quality piece, but this one is very disappointing. Ford, after all, was not a master at comedic direction. The premise is that Dan Dailey plays a home town lug, who volunteers for the service at the outbreak of war and is then stationed in his hometown for the duration. All attempts to get in the action or even get a transfer are turned down because he is a master at teaching gunning and the Army doesn't want to lose him. He loses face and then becomes a paraiah for his fellow townspeople and finally his own family. He eventually gets a mission that brings back such top secret information he can't share it - and when he disobeys his order and does share it with his family, they don't believe it. His parents and the townsfolk come across as such nasty, stupid, pseudo-patriotic, brainless masses that one comes to hate them. Consequently the premise is NOT funny and the film is one big dud. Oddly enough it was Oscar nominated for Original Story, which I felt was undeserving. I don't believe this misfired attempt at a comedy deserved any recognition whatsoever. Dailey tries valiantly but can't save it. Only for those with insomnia.
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