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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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Base Colonel
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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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The picture that's winning every medal for mirth! See more »

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27 June 1958 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Blindgänger der Kompanie  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mac Hyman based his all-time best-selling novel on his experiences growing up in Cordele, GA, and as a navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II. 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

[reading from inductee questionnaire]
Benjamin B. Whitledge: You ever had R.O.T.C.?
Will Stockdale: No... , but Irvin did! Close to a year of it. He's so 'ornary I think he still might have a touch of it.
Benjamin B. Whitledge: No, Will. R.O.T.C. ain't a disease, it's trainin'... Reserve, Officer's, Training... ,uh... Corporation!
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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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played when Will and Ben get their transfer papers in the woods
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Very funny!!
30 January 2003 | by (Watertown, MA) – See all my reviews

This movie was hilarious. I think it was almost a precursor to 'Forrest Gump'. Andy Griffith was hilarious as the dim-witted Will...and seeing him working with Don Knotts before "Andy Griffith" was great. That scene was one of the funniest in the movie. > I recommend this movie to everyone. It's great.


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