A US Air Force pilot, about to be discharged, talks with a gremlin about the reasons for either re-entering civilian life, or extending their terms of service.


(as Charles M. Jones)


(as Charles M. Jones)




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Credited cast:
Grogan / John McRogers (voice)


Resigning Air Force pilot John McRogers looks forward to a lucrative future as a civilian, and he is joined by Grogan, a gremlin, who, like McRogers, has decided to leave the military. The two compare the different wages, job prospects, and retirement benefits of military men and civilians and decide to re-enlist. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Animation | Short





Release Date:

1 January 1955 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John McRogers and Grogan are based on Private Snafu and Technical Fairy First Class respectively, from the series of Snafu cartoons. See more »


Oh You Beautiful Doll
Music by Nat Ayer
[Plays when John daydreams about having a beautiful wife.]
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They forgot to make this one funny...
1 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During WWII, the US military commissioned some wonderful cartoons that were meant to be shown to the troops--not the folks at home. The Private Snafu films were a wonderfully funny series--done in black & white and filled with rather adult humor--and they can be downloaded for from from archive.org--a site often linked to by IMDb.

"A Hitch in Time" is a reworking of the Snafu films--and it's very obvious to any Snafu fan when you see this 1955 Warner Brothers short. The character looks similar and Technical Fairy First Class from the original films is now a SIMILAR looking character but he's now a gremlin who tries to steer Snafu into trouble--not the other way around.

So you'd think this would be a clever film, right? No...not really. This film (designed for recruitment and re-enlistment purposes) really lacks the humor and seems to be a very sanitized version of a once-great series. Pretty dull, actually.

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