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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 5 July 1958 (USA)
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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Pvt. Ben Whitledge
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Irving S. Blanchard
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Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush
Will Hutchins ...
Lt. George Bridges
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Maj. Gen. Vernon Pollard
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Maj. Royal B. Demming (as James Milhollan)
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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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The original Broadway play was produced by noted Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans, later known for the role of Maurice, Samantha's father, on Bewitched (1964), and as Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Evans is acknowledged, during the opening credits of the film, with the statement "from the play, as presented by Maurice Evans". See more »

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Behind the movie's credits is a set of Army sergeant chevrons. But all the sergeants in the movie are Air Force. See more »

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Benjamin B. Whitledge: Our post was the tail of the plane and nobody told us to quit it!
Will Stockdale: But the tail was on fire, Ben! Our post was a-quittin' us!
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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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The Caisson Song
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Music by Edmund L. Gruber
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Great book, great stage play, great movie
22 March 2006 | by (anaheim CA) – See all my reviews

I first became acquainted with the book while I was in the army in 1955. It was a true laugh out loud. Imagine me sitting by myself in the company day room laughing hysterically. Later I saw the Broadway play totally expecting to be disappointed. I definitely was not. Again I expected the worst when the movie was released (you can guess I'm kind of a cynic). Boy was I wrong. As far as comedy goes this was as close to perfect as you can come. The scene with the psychiatrist is the funniest all dialog scene there ever was. Remember the scene. There was no physical humor, no jumping around etc just straight dialog between two masters. People seem to remember the toilet seat gag the most. Since I had read the book I knew it was coming, yet it was done beautifully. That is done, not overdone. All the performers were at the top of their art. Even those with very minor roles hit their marks right on. Check the short scene with the female captain. She was absolutely in character. This is true for the entire cast. Myron McCormick gave the performance of a lifetime. And, Andy? What more can be said. It is extremely difficult to be such a center in any movie and yet leave plenty of room for the other actors. Write down some of the lines for NTFS and have someone read them. Not too funny. Then have them see them read in character in this movie and I guarantee they will fall over. I have rambled enough so I'll shut up. PS

Check EBAY they have the VHS tape there.


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