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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Charlie Stark
Gus Brubaker
Margo Moore ...
Lt. Nora McKay
Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington
Ume Tanaka (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
Sgt. Percy Warren
Sgt. Sam Weiscoff
Noreen Nash ...
Marge Brubaker
Col. Archie Hollingsworth
Robert Emhardt ...
Joab Martinson
Hap Cosgrove
Tommy Nishimura ...
Pvt. Jim (Mushy) Harigawa
Gen. Weigang
Robert Burton ...
Col. Dowling
Frank Behrens ...
Maj. Bigelow


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Release Date:

10 June 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Wake Me When It's Over  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hap Cosgrove: Welcome to Shima.
Gus Brubaker: Oh, thank you.
Hap Cosgrove: How d'ya like it?
Gus Brubaker: Well, I'm not too sure yet.
Hap Cosgrove: I'll save ya the trouble. You heard of hell? Well, when it first got started it was a new idea, so they hadda test it out. This here island is the place they picked.
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Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Played when the photographer shows up at Joab's room
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This is a keeper
23 October 2001 | by (Arlington Texas) – See all my reviews

The film parallels the book with a few risqué exceptions. What is unique is that even though major actors were picked for the movie they could not be closer to the character description from the 1959 book of the same name by Howard Singer.

Russ is a schnook. Therefore if something can go wrong it will. His wife is into insurance of all kinds. She wants him to get his GI insurance while he can. After she forces him to apply (schnook), he must explain that he has two serial numbers (schnook). When he was shot down over Germany he was presumed dead and needed a second number to get discharged (schnook). So naturally realizing that the (schnook) being in the service only one-day on the second serial number, is called up to finish his time.

He ends up on an island in the middle of the Sea of Japan. There he has a revelation that saves his sanity and that of 400 other servicemen. A plan so brilliant that I am not about to tell you what it is or how it is executed.

In the book the plan cured his shnookyness, in the movie it takes a trial. The cast includes Dick Shawn as the schnook and Ernie Kovacs as his commander and hotshot fighter pilot.

I can relate to this as I also have two serial numbers.

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