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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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Cast

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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Mitchum ...
Schreves (scenes deleted)
...
Kerrigan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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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 »

Goofs

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

William 'Bill' Kluggs: The War went on, and I didn't. They shipped soldiers east, and they shipped 'em west, but you'd have thought I had a long-term lease.
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Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played by the American Legion Band
Played often as background
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Nice service comedy with a twist
28 November 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This unjustly neglected comedy is a variation on Preston Sturges's HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO. The first half, while well-acted and fluently directed, suffers from the comparison, especially with Sturges regular William Demarest playing a major role. However, about halfway through, the plot takes an original and unexpected twist, revealing that the first part was actually an ironic set-up for something funnier. Dan Dailey is fine as the endlessly frustrated soldier, Corinne Calvet looks absolutely stunning, and John Ford keeps everything moving.


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