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Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | February 1959 (USA)
All about the citizens of Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an army missile base in their back yard.



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Complete credited cast:
Grace Bannerman
Angela Hoffa
Capt. Hoxie
Grady Metcalf
Comfort Goodpasture
Brig. Gen. W.A. Thorwald
Tom Gilson ...
Corporal Opie
Isaac Goodpasture


Harry Bannerman, a Connecticut suburbanite who becomes involved in various shenanigans with his wife Grace Oglethorpe, leads a protest movement against a secret army plan to set up a missile base in their community. Written by alfiehitchie

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February 1959 (USA)  »

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Leo McCarey's Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Boojum' is a term coined by Lewis Carroll, and first appears in his poem, "The Hunting of the Snark". The 'Snark' (SM-62) was a surface-to-surface missile (a large cruise missile) used by the US military. Given the presence of a missile base in the film, it is likely that the term, 'Boojum', was used to make the connection with the real missile. See more »


During long shots of the mock-up of the Mayflower approaching the Fourth of July pageant by ocean, the ship is clearly far out at sea. But in close-ups, foliage from nearby land can be seen just a few feet away. See more »


Referenced in The Donna Reed Show: Rally Round the Girls, Boys (1965) See more »


America, the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played during the opening credits
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Never underestimate Paul Newman's and Joanne Woodward's comic abilities.
14 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" may be a movie that you never get to see. As far as I know, it's not available on video or DVD; I saw it on TV one night. But anyway, here's the story: Harry Bannerman (Paul Newman) and Grace Oglethorpe (Joanne Woodward) are a typical (or not so typical) suburban couple in an idealistic 1950's small town in Connecticut. Then, when the army announces plans to build a secretive base near the town, Harry is hired to promote it, while Grace does everything possible to oppose it. In the process of everything, the townspeople begin to see things that they've never seen before - namely, when Grace catches Harry...well, I won't spoil it for you (don't worry, it's not (particularly) dirty). The whole thing ends in one wacky climax.

Anyway, this is one of those interesting movies from the late '50s starring A-list stars, that for some reason doesn't seem to be very well remembered today. Good support comes from Tuesday Weld and Dwayne Hickman as local teenagers.

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