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Never Wave at a WAC (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 28 January 1953 (USA)
A divorced socialite decides to join the Army because she hopes it will enable her to see more of her boyfriend, a Colonel. She soon encounters many difficulties with the Army lifestyle. ... See full summary »

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Jo McBain
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Andrew McBain
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Clara Schneiderman / Danger O'Dowd
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Lt. Col. Schuyler 'Sky' Fairchild
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Sgt. Toni Wayne
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Sgt. Norbert 'Noisy' Jackson
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First Lt. Phyllis Turnbull
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Sen. Tom Reynolds
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Capt. Murchinson, Company CO
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Gen. Ned Prager
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Lily Mae Gorham
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Artamesa, Jo's Maid
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Gen. Omar Bradley
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Henry, Jo's Servant
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A divorced socialite decides to join the Army because she hopes it will enable her to see more of her boyfriend, a Colonel. She soon encounters many difficulties with the Army lifestyle. Moreover, her ex-husband is working as a consultant with the Army, and he uses his position to disrupt her romantic plans by making her join a group of WACs who are testing new equipment. Written by Snow Leopard

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When Sky tells Jo his civilian salary will be $55,000, that would equate to $512,000 in 2017. See more »

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When the army truck, which had been following Jo and Sky, pulls up at the barracks after the Arctic tests, banks of studio lights are visible in reflection in the truck's windshield. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 15 February 1953 (1953) See more »

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Mild Comedy
24 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Certainly can't blame the sparkling Russell if the last part of the comedic hijinks seems labored. The first part shines, especially the fancy ball where Jo (Russell) flits around like the proverbial social butterfly, while divorced husband (Andy) tries to rescue his dog without anybody noticing. Too bad Douglas is largely forgotten. He had about a ten-year period where he played the likable grouch to perfection.

It's interesting to compare this film with its male counterpart No Time for Sergeants (1958). Here Jo is a sheltered socialite who thinks joining the WACS will be a lark, plus put her closer to her colonel boyfriend (Ching). Needless to say, she's in for the proverbial rude awakening, though not too rude. In No Time…, Andy Griffith is Jo's opposite, a naïve hillbilly who gets drafted, has similarly rude adjustment problems, except his are from the other end of the social spectrum. Both movies get a load of laughs from sticking unmilitary types into training camp, strict military style.

But frankly, I thought the slapstick of putting Jo through the rigors of testing new equipment came across as labored and not very funny. It also amounts to an unfortunate stylistic break with the previous lighter mood. Nonetheless, rolling around the mud does symbolically rid Jo of her social pretensions, and make it so she and Andy can get back together on a more honest plain. So at least the testing works on a plot level.

Anyway, the film's an okay comedy, produced by Russell's husband and independently distributed, at a time when the studios were unfortunately breaking apart.


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