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When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, War | February 1950 (USA)
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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William 'Bill' Kluggs
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Yvonne Le Tete
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Marjorie 'Marge' Fettles
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Herman Kluggs
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Charles 'Charlie' Fettles (as James Lydon)
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Maj. Adams
Evelyn Varden ...
Mrs. Gertrude Kluggs
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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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Was an announced movie during the motion picture "Mash." 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 »

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William 'Bill' Kluggs: Somehow that stop-off at Loring Field began to stretch out like a visiting mother-in-law.
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The Yankee Doodle Boy
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Written by George M. Cohan (1905)
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Unjustly overlooked (and unfairly chopped up) Ford semi masterwork.

This unheralded opus from one of our greatest directors seems both oddly timed, (5 years after the end of combat in WWII), and unfortunately truncated. The thankfully preserved out-takes presented as deleted scenes on the DVD reveal that this may have been intended as Ford's only full fledged musical....which would have stood in strong contrast to his magnum opuses of this period (the beloved cavalry trilogy)...

As it stands the finished edit is shockingly good on all accounts...full of the director's astonishing eye for human detail and subtle performance. It plays like a slightly warmer hearted Preston Sturges wartime wacky fest (with William Demarest cementing the connection by almost reprising his great role in "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek".

The few numbers that remain are a tantalizing glimpse of how delightful a longer cut would have been...and the (incomplete) outtakes are both delicious and heartbreaking...

One has to wonder who decided to edit the film down...and how much more successful (and remembered) it might have been as Ford's big wartime set musical...


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