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Director:
Writers:
Claude Binyon (screenplay) and
Leo McCarey (screenplay) ...
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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:
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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)

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)

Did You Know?

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:
Referenced in Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
America, the BeautifulSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
No Army Base For Putnam's Landing, 7 October 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Leo McCarey's next to last film and last in the comedy genre is Rally Round The Flag Boys. After his previous film My Son John got such bad reviews McCarey was hoping for a comeback of sorts. It was not to be for him.

The man who gave us such comedy gems as Ruggles Of Red Gap, Duck Soup, and The Awful Truth had seen his best days. Why a lot of the gems from Max Shulman's book on which this film is based were left out of the screenplay we'd have to have a séance to ask McCarey.

It's not a bad film, in fact it's pretty funny in spots, but it lacks the consistency of McCarey's previous cited work. And McCarey who was a serious practicing Catholic I don't think was the man to direct a sexpot like Joan Collins in the sexpot character she played here.

The stars are the newly married Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward who wind up on the opposite sides of a local issue in their suburban town of Putnam's Landing. To wit the establishment of a local military base in their town. The army has a public relations problem and that's Newman's field. They even go so far as to have General Gale Gordon call in a favor or two and have Newman's Naval Reserve status activated and special orders cut attaching him to the army. They need his public relations skills badly because half baked blundering oaf Jack Carson is the commander of said base.

The subplot also involves Newman feeling neglected as Woodward wraps herself up in various civic causes, the prevention of the army base being the latest. He's feeling a real itch and neighbor Joan Collins who is also neglected by eternally busy husband Murvyn Vye is quite ready to scratch it.

The physical comedy comes off the best, the highlight of the film in my opinion is the historical pageant that Joanne attempts to put on which ends in disaster. Joanne at this stage of her career is far better at comedy than her husband. Paul would have to wait until Slapshot before he had a real hit in comedy although I've always felt The Secret War Of Harry Frigg is underrated.

Before they became Dobie Gillis and Thalia Menninger on television Dwayne Hickman and Tuesday Weld played opposite each other in this film. Someone must have noticed the chemistry there.

Rally Round The Flag Boys has some good moments, but it is far cry from the pinnacle of Leo McCarey's career in the Thirties.

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