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Director:
Writers:
Claude Binyon (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
February 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
20th Century-Fox hilariously declares a national laugh holiday...as the cast of the year brings the # 1 fun best-seller howlingly alive!
Plot:
All about the citizens of Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an army missile base in their back yard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Do Newman a favor: Read the book instead See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Harry Bannerman

Joanne Woodward ... Grace Oglethorpe Bannerman

Joan Collins ... Angela Hoffa

Jack Carson ... Capt. Hoxie

Dwayne Hickman ... Grady Metcalf, Comfort's suitor

Tuesday Weld ... Comfort Goodpasture

Gale Gordon ... Brig. Gen. W.A. Thorwald
Tom Gilson ... Corporal Opie
O.Z. Whitehead ... Isaac Goodpasture, Comfort's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Banas ... Delinquent (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Robert Bohannon ... Man at Phone (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... Soldier (uncredited)

Alan Carney ... Bartender / Owner (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Zack Crummitt (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... St. Regis Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Townswoman at Meeting (uncredited)
Ike Gibson ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Ging ... Hoxie's Driver (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Commuter (uncredited)
James Goodwin ... Young Drunk (uncredited)

David Hedison ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Waldo Pike, the Plumber (uncredited)
Joseph Holland ... Town Official (uncredited)
Kip King ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)

Stanley Livingston ... Peter Bannerman (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... George Melvin (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Ken Miller ... Delinquent (uncredited)
Eric Morris ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Soldier (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Milton Evans, Town Meeting Chairman (uncredited)
Nora O'Mahoney ... Town Meeting Speaker (uncredited)
Sammy Ogg ... Delinquent (uncredited)
Ralph Osborn III ... Danny Bannerman (uncredited)
LeRoy Prinz Jr. ... Delinquent (uncredited)
John Roy ... Air Force General (uncredited)
Page Slattery ... Club Car Commuter (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... TV Director (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Nick Venet ... Delinquent (uncredited)
Murvyn Vye ... Oscar Hoffa (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leo McCarey 
 
Writing credits
Claude Binyon (screenplay) and
Leo McCarey (screenplay)

Max Shulman (from the novel by)

George Axelrod  uncredited

Produced by
Leo McCarey .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Maurine McDermott .... body makeup (uncredited)
Gladys Rasmussen .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Gaston Glass .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director
Mike Salamunovich .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Glenn 'Skippy' Delfino .... props (uncredited)
Joe Krutak .... painter (uncredited)
Fred R. Simpson .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Victor Presby .... boom operator (uncredited)
Earl Winegarden .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Cameron .... grip (uncredited)
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Edward T. Estabrook .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bob Henderson .... best boy (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Peach .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Jesse Munden .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marjorie Plecher .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gilbert Judge .... craft serviceman (uncredited)
Betty Levin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Leo McCarey's Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | USA:Approved (certificate #19108)

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Trivia:
'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-air 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Do Newman a favor: Read the book instead, 18 April 2001
Author: Paul Dana (crystalseachurch@juno.com) from San Francisco, CA, USA

Max Shulman was an absolutely brilliant comic writer/satirist ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "Anybody Got a Match?", etc.). In the mid-50s he published "Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys!" taking on everything from Madison Avenue, the New Haven Railroad, the U.S. Air Force to the space race in a hilarious farce that shows how seemingly unconnected lives, priorities and events can converge to produce a disaster of epic proportions. Even little league gets a drubbing at his hands.

This movie took the title and many of the book's characters. For some reason, the writers and producers chose to discard everything else.

Newman could have been GREAT as Harry Bannerman, harried Peter Pan-type account exec facing the prospect of fatherhood and settling down. Unfortunately, the script sabotaged him. Joanne Woodward is relegated to standing around looking hastled and confused-- probably trying to decide exactly how she's going to kill her agent for getting her into this dog. Veterans like Gale Gordon, Jack Carson and Murvyn Vye are similarly wasted.

The only cast member who doesn't disappoint, strangely enough, is Tuesday Weld as Comfort Goodpasture . . . but then, her character didn't have much to do in the book either, come to think of it.

This is what happens when Hollywood bends over backwards to avoid offending anyone . . . after having purchased the rights to a book that's guaranteed to offend just about everyone.

There is a character named Hoffa in this film. Oscar, not James. Probably the best thing that could be done with this turkey of a movie would be to take the master copy, seal it up in an empty bottle of "Newman's Own," and bury it about six feet under Hoffa. James, not Oscar.

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