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Claude Binyon (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
February 1959 (USA) See more »
20th Century-Fox hilariously declares a national laugh the cast of the year brings the # 1 fun best-seller howlingly alive!
All about the citizens of Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an army missile base in their back yard. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
4 nominations See more »
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Never underestimate Paul Newman's and Joanne Woodward's comic abilities. See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Harry Bannerman

Joanne Woodward ... Grace Bannerman

Joan Collins ... Angela Hoffa

Jack Carson ... Capt. Hoxie

Dwayne Hickman ... Grady Metcalf

Tuesday Weld ... Comfort Goodpasture

Gale Gordon ... Brig. Gen. W.A. Thorwald
Tom Gilson ... Corporal Opie

O.Z. Whitehead ... Isaac Goodpasture
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)
Jim 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)

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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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19108)

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 »
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:
References Red Dust (1932)See more »
You're In The Army NowSee more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Never underestimate Paul Newman's and Joanne Woodward's comic abilities., 14 September 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

"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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