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The Rookie (1959)

Pvt. Thomas Noonan and Sgt. Pete Marshall are both vying for the hand of Lili Marlene. After World War II ends, the three of them get stranded on a remote island. Two Japanese sailors, unaware that the war has ended, arrive on the island.

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Pvt. Thomas Patrick 'Tommy' Noonan / Japanese Submarine Sailor
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MSgt. Pete Marshall / Japanese Submarine Sailor (as Pete Marshall)
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Jerry Lester ...
Jerry Mann
Claude Stroud ...
Col. Taylor
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Maj. Evert
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Medical Corpsman
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1st Janitor
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Lt. Pat Sumner
Richard Reeves ...
Bruce - Military Police Sergeant
Don Corey ...
Cook
Rodney Bell ...
2nd Janitor
George Eldredge ...
Gen. Bechtel
Peter Leeds ...
Seville Quare
Patrick O'Moore ...
Ship's Captain Weiss
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Pvt. Thomas Noonan and Sgt. Pete Marshall are both vying for the hand of Lili Marlene. After World War II ends, the three of them get stranded on a remote island. Two Japanese sailors, unaware that the war has ended, arrive on the island.

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December 1959 (USA)  »

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First and only directorial effort from George O'Hanlon. See more »

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Music by John Philip Sousa
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Pretty Awful -- But Marshall and Noonan are good
7 July 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This service comedy, for which Peter Marshall (Joanne Dru's brother and later perennial host of The Hollywood Squares) and Tommy Noonan were hyped as 'the new Lewis and Martin' is just shy of dreadful: a few random sight gags are inserted, everyone talks fast and nothing works quite right -- there's one scene in which Noonan is throwing grenades at officers and politicians in anger; they're about five feet apart, Noonan is throwing them in between, and the total reaction is that everyone flinches.

In the midst of an awfulness relieved only by the fetching Julie Newmar, there are a few moments of brightness: Marshall and Noonan engage in occasional bouts of double talk and argufying, and their timing is nigh unto perfect -- clearly they were a well honed comedy pair.

It isn't enough to save this turkey, alas.


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