A Major noted for advancing with his mouth before thinking is given a choice: to be drummed out of the Army, or take command of and shape up the ROTC program at Sheridan Academy before it ... See full summary »
A Major noted for advancing with his mouth before thinking is given a choice: to be drummed out of the Army, or take command of and shape up the ROTC program at Sheridan Academy before it fails its next inspection. At Sheridan he encounters three hundred pre-teen cadets who range from rascally to adorable, and a female doctor who has just the right prescription for him. Written by
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St. Catherine's Military School, which still exists in Anaheim, California, supplied the scenery and its students as extras for the film. The K through 8th grade school is the only Catholic Military School west of the Mississippi. It was established in 1880. See more »
This is a classic comedy- with wonderful performances, brilliant writing and deft comic direction. It is one of Hollywood's best, even Heston is good. He plays a tough sergeant who has embarrassed the Army too often and is sent to a boys military school to cool off and help them organize themselves into a winning football team. Along the way, he softens, mainly due to the extraordinary juvenile performance of Tim Hovey as a homeless boy who first hates, then idolizes Heston. Everything about this film is original and inspired. Julie Adams as the love interest, Nana Bryant as the Mother Superior and William Demarest as the caretaker are all marvelous. This should have been honored with noms for Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography and Score but sadly only copped one for Original Story. Seek this one out - it's a gem.
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