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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 27 June 1958 (West Germany)
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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Myron McCormick ...
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Pvt. Ben Whitledge
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Irving S. Blanchard
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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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WAF Captain
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Captain
Henry McCann ...
Lt. Cover
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McKinney
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Pa Stockdale
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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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Blindgänger der Kompanie  »

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Trivia

While not strictly speaking the same story, the concept of Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) was a very close copy of the situation depicted in this film, although No Time for Sergeants (both the movie and the TV show) was set in the Air Force, Gomer Pyle was set in the Marines, and of course, Gomer Pyle was a spin off from The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Interestingly, Pyle premiered in 1964, the same year as the television series of No Time for Sergeants (1964), and while the Sergeants television series was a major flop, canceled before the end of the first season, Pyle was a major hit, running from 1964-1969. See more »

Goofs

In the bar scene Will has a glass of booze in front of him. It keeps changing from full to 1/2 full as the camera angle changes. See more »

Quotes

[Will and Ben have made it back to the base and see the troops massed on the field]
Will Stockdale: How 'bout that. It's some kind of real big ceremony.
Benjamin B. Whitledge: Look... the flag - it's at half-mast. It's a funeral ceremony, that's what it is! Lt. Bridges and them others they didn't get out of the plane. Now we got that on our heads, too.
Will Stockdale: Aw, now, Ben, they warn't so easy-going they wouldn't know they was on fire!
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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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Spirit of Independence
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Music by Abe Holzmann
Played when Will and Ben slip under the fence and back onto the base
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Wish they still made them like this.
13 June 2001 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

This is a hilarious movie that doesn't have to resort to insulting humor or lewd remarks. Andy Griffith is the naive and innocent Will Stockdale who is drafted into the Air Force. He unintentionally reeks havoc across the barracks and with the drill seargant. I laugh until I almost cry most every time I see this gem of a film. This film was the inspiration for The Andy Griffith Show spinoff Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. A wonderful film that is worth watching again and again.


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