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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

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Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy -- no one more than Sgt. King.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Myron McCormick ...
Nick Adams ...
Pvt. Ben Whitledge
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Irving S. Blanchard
Howard Smith ...
Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush
Will Hutchins ...
Lt. George Bridges
Sydney Smith ...
Maj. Gen. Vernon Pollard
James Millhollin ...
Maj. Royal B. Demming (as James Milhollan)
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Jean Willes ...
WAF Captain
Bartlett Robinson ...
Captain
Henry McCann ...
Lt. Cover
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McKinney
William Fawcett ...
Pa Stockdale
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Storyline

Hillbilly, Will Stockdale, drafted into the United States' Air Force, combines crushing naivety, stubbornness, a completely literal mind, and amazing physical strength. Will the Air Force survive all the numerous experiences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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27 June 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Blindgänger der Kompanie  »

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The original Broadway play was produced by noted Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans, later best known as Maurice, Samantha's father, on Bewitched (1964), and as Dr. Zaius in the first two original Planet of the Apes (1968) movies. Evans is credited, during the opening credits of the film "from the play, as presented by Maurice Evans. See more »

Goofs

The movie has Will and Ben being drafted into the Air Force and seeking transfer into the Army infantry. At the time the movie was made, by law draftees were automatically assigned to the Army for two years (e.g., Elvis); the Air Force has never had to use the draft since it became a separate branch of the service in 1947. The original novel and play that the movie is based on did have Will drafted into the Army during WW II and seeking to transfer to what was then the Army Air Corps, but the film was set in 1958, when interservice transfers were no longer being done. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant King: Why ain't you dead?
Will Stockdale: No excuse, sir!
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Crazy Credits

During a ceremony to Will Stockdale and Benjamin Whitledge, a radio announcer mentions Operation Prometheus, (that Will Stockdale jumped out of and pulled Ben Whitledge out with him, to parachute to the ground) mentions privates Stockdale and Whitledge's names. Stockdale and Whitledge (in unison) each ask saying their last-name Stockdale and Whitledge? The radio announcer answers back "Yes, Stockdale and Whitledge." See more »

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Followed by No Time for Sergeants (1964) See more »

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Gotta Be This or That
(uncredited)
Music by Sunny Skylar
Played when Will toasts the sergeant at the Purple Grotto
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Classic, funny stuff!
11 November 2005 | by (Western North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This movie is on my list of my favorite funny movies of all time. I 've lost count of how many times I've seen it, yet each time I view it, I laugh out loud all over again. It's side-splitting humor without crudeness and vulgarity - a quality that today's movies sadly lack. One of my favorite scenes is where all the draftees are being inducted - particularly where Will comes to the aid of his buddy Private Whitledge. I don't know if this is the first film pairing of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, but their chemistry is readily apparent, in the scene where Private Stockdale is having his manual dexterity tested. I live in the southern Appalachians and I never felt once like this movie was derogatory and condescending towards mountain people. Yes, Andy Griffith's Will Stockdale was extremely naive, but he was never portrayed as being less of a human being because he was from the southern mountains and less experienced in life. I always felt like Private Stockdale's naiveté enabled him to approach things from a different perspective (albeit unknowingly) and come up with quite unique solutions. Andy Griffith was, and is, a master at portraying this kind of character.


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