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Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! -- All about the citizens of Putnam's landing and their reactions to an army missile base in their back yard.

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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:
If it's a comedy, it's supposed to be funny See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (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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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 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | 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-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 »
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
If it's a comedy, it's supposed to be funny, 16 May 2015
Author: SimonJack from United States

A couple of reviewers noted that they felt sorry for Paul Newman's character in "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys." I had the same sense at times. Newman's Harry Bannerman is a picture of sympathy much of the time. One can imagine Rock Hudson, Fred MacMurray or Cary Grant in that role. None of them would be likely to garner our sympathy. And they shouldn't. They would have us laughing at the predicament they were in and how they handled it. Sure, they would be just as innocent as Newman is. But they would have played the role for the comedy, where Newman's character can't seem to do that. But it may not be all his failing. I suspect it was a combination miscue involving screen writing, acting and directing.

I think Newman is capable of comedy – he later shows a knack for some simple and sophisticated humor ("The Sting," "Slap Shot," and in the Western crime and biopic, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"). But – as at least one other reviewer noted, he's not suited for the farcical. For that matter, neither is Joanne Woodward. A couple others said they didn't like her character. I think it would have been fine -- if she had made it funny. Woodward was an excellent dramatic actress. She won an Oscar for "The Three Faces of Eve," and received three more nominations. But her comedic abilities were limited to the witty and wry dialog type – nothing with mayhem and farce. Other reviewers talked about the humor in the novel by Max Shulman that this movie is based on, and the absence of so many good and witty lines in the film.

Jack Carson helped pick the film up some as an incompetent Army officer, Captain Hoxie. Carson was a first-rate supporting actor who often had considerable roles in movies. His film persona reminds me of Bud Abbott – a straight man who always seems serious, and whom others can play off with such great humor. Carson was an intelligent actor who knew he wasn't going to get male leads. He played his characters to the hilt. Carson died of cancer at age 52. Had he lived longer, he might have garnered an Oscar – for a comedy or dramatic supporting role. Other fine supporting actors earned greater recognition for their talents in their later years. Examples are Hume Cronyn and Harry Morgan.

This film has a couple of very funny scenes, but nothing more. Others have noted the silliness of the plot toward the end. I don't have a problem with that – comedy is comedy, of whatever degree of foolishness, farce, fantasy and silliness. But, it really should be funny. Regrettably, "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys" doesn't have what it takes. Newman and Woodward were at the peak of their careers and popularity at the time, so the studio (20th Century Fox) probably thought they could do no wrong. Maybe fan appeal would be enough.

The film had a considerable budget for 1958, at nearly $1.9 million. It made money but it didn't set the world on fire back then either. The box office take was reported at $3.4 million.

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