MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,227 this week

The Sad Sack (1957)

 -  Comedy  -  27 November 1957 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 396 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 3 critic

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video

Related News

Joe Mantell obituary
| The Guardian - Film News
"The Sad Sack" @ FanExpo Canada
| SneakPeek

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 10 Jul 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 23 Dec 2011
 
a list of 74 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
 
a list of 20 titles
created 03 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Sad Sack" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sad Sack (1957)

The Sad Sack (1957) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sad Sack.

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

A rich, beautiful couple give birth to deformed alien twins who, when their heads are together, are the smartest kids on the planet.

Director: Steven Paul
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
Red Line 7000 (1965)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story of three racing drivers and three women, who constantly have to worry for the lives of their boyfriends. Jim Loomis and Mike Marsh drive for Pat Cassarian. Jim expects his fiancée... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: James Caan, Laura Devon, Gail Hire
Cookie (1989)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Paroled labor racketeer "Dapper" Dino is sought after by a "politically ambitious" prosecutor schemes to put him back in jail and a deceitful partner sizes him up for concrete shoes.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest, Emily Lloyd
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After his girl leaves him for someone else, Herbert gets really depressed and starts searching for a job. He finally finds one in a big house which is inhabited by many, many women. Can he ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Pat Stanley
The Bellboy (1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In Miami Beach, the mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton
Fight for Life (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Jerry Lewis plays an Ohio optometrist who has a six-year old daughter with epilepsy. He fights to get the FDA to approve a drug (at that time only available in England) for use in the U.S.

Director: Elliot Silverstein
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Morgan Freeman, Jaclyn-Rose Lester
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This farcical short was Jerry Lewis' first film as a director, according to co-scripter Don McGuire. Lewis appeared in dual roles as an American Indian and as an Army recruiting officer. ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Jerry Lewis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Peter Ahlm, Lars Amble
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Director: Philippe Clair
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Philippe Clair, Marthe Villalonga
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Director: Michel Gérard
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Michel Blanc, Charlotte de Turckheim
The Milkman (1950)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Jimmy Durante, Piper Laurie
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Maj. Shelton
...
Abdul
...
Pvt. Stan Wenaslawsky
Gene Evans ...
Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley
George Dolenz ...
Ali Mustapha
Liliane Montevecchi ...
Zita
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Major General Vanderlip
...
Hassim
Mary Treen ...
Sgt. Hansen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Becker ...
Corporal (as Ken Becker)
Edit

Storyline

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, is assigned to make a good soldier out of him. She requests Corporal Dolan and Private Stan Wensalawsky to help with the training. Dolan and Stan both have scores to settle with Bixby and their "guidance" leads to more mishaps. Sergeant Pulley has them shipped out to Morocco. On leave in North Africa, Bixy wanders alone into a bar, has a few Moroccan Delights, which he thinks are malted milks, and becomes convinced that exotic singer-dancer Zita is THE girl for him. To protect him, Dolan tells him some lies about Zita, and Bixby, in despair, joins the Suicide Division of the Foreign Legion. He is kidnapped by a band of Arabian plotters and, guarded by the knife-happy Abdul, is ordered to assemble a stolen American cannon. Zita learns of his plight and gets Dolan and Stan to join her in a rescue ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His Funniest By Far ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Regimentstrottel  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Loving You (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sad Sack
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Burt Bacharach
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A lot better than I expected.
21 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aside from a god-awful opening tune sung by Lewis (ugh!), "The Sad Sack" is an entertaining little film. Fresh from his breakup with long-time partner, Dean Martin, the studio instead gave him David Wayne AND Joe Mantell to fill the void. And considering that there isn't any of the usual singing, things worked out just fine. However, don't expect huge laughs from this one--just a pleasant little army comedy.

Lewis naturally plays the Sad Sack--a soldier who can't seem to do anything right. However, a dopey female Major takes him under her wing and gets a couple soldiers (Wayne and Mantell) to buddy up with Lewis and help him through basic training. Eventually, the trio is sent to North Africa where they have a series of mildly interesting adventures.

Like I said above, this is not a hilarious film but a nice little comedy. What I especially liked is that Lewis was far more likable and restrained than usual--without the excess mugging that sometimes ruined his later films. What you're left with is some nice acting, a decent script from this little time-passer. The only negative I noticed is that there are quite a few sexist remarks about the major--a product of the times in which it was made.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Sad Sack (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?