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When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

 -  Comedy | War  -  February 1950 (USA)
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Willie Kluggs enters the service with hopes of going overseas, but his uncanny marksmanship keeps him at home as a shooting instructor... much to his embarrassment.

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Complete credited cast:
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William 'Bill' Kluggs
Corinne Calvet ...
Yvonne Le Tete
Colleen Townsend ...
Marjorie 'Marge' Fettles
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Herman Kluggs
Jimmy Lydon ...
Charles 'Charlie' Fettles (as James Lydon)
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Maj. Adams
Evelyn Varden ...
Mrs. Gertrude Kluggs
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John Mitchum ...
Schreves (scenes deleted)
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Kerrigan (scenes deleted)
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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 David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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Comedy | War

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Also Known As:

O Azar de Um Valente  »

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June Haver declined to play the role of Marge Fettles. In response, Twentieth Century-Fox placed her on suspension. See more »

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When the P38 Lightning is flying, it produces a single radial engine sound effect. The radial engine has it's own distinct sound. The P38 uses two water-cooled twelve cylinder (V12) engines with a complete different sound than the air-cooled radial engine. See more »

Quotes

Yvonne Le Tete: You don't feel so good, Willie, do you?
William 'Bill' Kluggs: Yeah, I don't feel so good!
Yvonne Le Tete: Mal-de-tete?
William 'Bill' Kluggs: Yeah, and I got a headache too!
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Referenced in MASH (1970) See more »

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Frère Jacques
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Played in the background and at the fake wedding
Sung by Dan Dailey and the French resistance fighters
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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

** (out of 4)

John Ford's comedy about a man (Dan Dailey) who joins the Army to become a war hero but he ends up in the recruiting section back in his hometown, which gets the people there thinking he's a coward. I'm not sure what it is but these Ford comedies just aren't working for me. The whole idea is that the character is a very brave man but due to his placing, people thinks he's a coward. This one joke runs throughout the entire film and it just never made me laugh. I never got bored with the film but without any laughs there's really not much else going on. Dailey is very good in his role and keeps the film moving along. Colleen Townsend and William Demarest are also good as his parents. The film is a comedy but as expected Ford treats the war stuff very serious including during the opening when we hear about the attack of Pearl Harbor. This film shares a lot with Preston Sturges's Hail! The Conquering Hero but that film works a lot better. Vera Miles has her film debut here but I didn't spot her.


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