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The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

College students Andy Shaeffer and Susan Daniels are pinned. While Susan works hard to put herself through college, Andy sponges off his parents, his mother, Madeline Shaeffer, who in ... See full summary »

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Andy L. Shaeffer
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Susan Daniels
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Mrs. Madeline Shaeffer
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Sgt. Hanna
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Hanson
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Sgt. Clyde
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Maguire
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Preston
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Capt. Genaro
Vinton Hayworth ...
Arthur Shaeffer
Budd Knapp ...
Congressman Hardison (as Wilfred Knapp)
Les Johnson ...
Lt. Taylor
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Florenz Ames ...
Mr. Hillaby
Fredd Wayne ...
Sgt. Sheridan
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College students Andy Shaeffer and Susan Daniels are pinned. While Susan works hard to put herself through college, Andy sponges off his parents, his mother, Madeline Shaeffer, who in particular will give him whatever he wants. In other words, Andy is a mama's boy, which he doesn't really realize. Andy and Susan have used the word love to describe their relationship, but Susan isn't sure if that's what they are really feeling for each other or if it is solely a loveless passion. And if it is love, she isn't sure their relationship can survive without Andy taking some ownership of his life. The near end of their relationship, initiated by Susan, leads to Andy starting to flunk out of college, which in turn makes Andy a prime candidate to be drafted. During basic training at Camp Ord, California, Andy makes it clear to his superiors and his fellow privates that he doesn't want to be there and will do only what is requested of him without any extra effort. His superiors and fellow ... Written by Huggo

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A couple of teenagers and their kiss-and-run battle! See more »

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30 August 1957 (Finland)  »

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Dokhtar-e faramoosh shodeh  »

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Trivia

Filmmakers dedicated the film to the Fifth Infantry Division and the servicemen stationed at Fort Ord in California. Portions of the film had been shot at the fort and Marion Hargrove had visited it while researching his novel. See more »

Goofs

They are supposed to be part of the 5th division, but Capt Genero (David Janssen) is wearing the emblem of the 101st Airborne Division on his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Andy L. Shaeffer: Your ass will be grass and I'll be the lawnmower!
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Connections

Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

When My Dream Boat Comes Home
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Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played during the opening credits and briefly during the dance at the beginning
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Drama/comedy about a young man's Army experiences, away from his Mom and his girl.
30 August 2001 | by (Kennedy Space Center, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining drama/comedy about a young man who flunked out of college and ran his only remaining option - the Army. Andy Schaeffer had not yet cut the silver string to his mother, yet he pictured himself as the picture of independence. His most difficult transition into Army life is presented in alternating serious and highly humorous veins. Filmed at Fort Ord, California, this picture featured a number of future stars, such as James Garner, David Janssen, Jim Backus, Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Alan King, and others. This will really spark the interest - and nostalgia - of any man who ever went through basic training, in any service. Well worth watching, and owning!


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