Wake Me When It's Over (1960)

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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:

Unrasiert und fern der Heimat  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lt. Nora McKay: Marriage is out.
Capt. Charlie Stark: What's so out about it?
Lt. Nora McKay: You're a sky tramp.
Capt. Charlie Stark: No, but that's all over! I'm gonna stick in this Air Force.
Lt. Nora McKay: Well, "stick" is the right word! Why do you think you're still a captain?
Capt. Charlie Stark: I guess I just can't get any generals to die.
Lt. Nora McKay: Oh, it's because you're irresponsible and they know it. Like that time in Washington - they want officers, not jockeys!
Capt. Charlie Stark: Great. Once in my life I buzz a little building. How'd I know it was the Supreme Court?
Lt. Nora McKay: Well, if you had any sense, you'd stop buzzing ...
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Heavy-handed, unfunny "comedy"
8 June 2013 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Director Mervyn Leroy has done much, much, much better work over his long career than this mess. Supposedly a "comedy" about airmen at a forgotten Air Force base in Japan who turn their installation into a luxury resort hotel, everything about this picture is second-rate. Ernie Kovacs is a brilliant comedian but he plays it straight here and it doesn't work. Dick Shawn isn't a brilliant comedian and he also plays it straight--for the most part--and it doesn't work, either. The script is ham-fisted, and the supporting performances by a usually reliable cast of good character actors--Jack Warden, Don Knotts, Parley Baer and others--aren't much better than those of the leads. Former model Margo Moore--whose career didn't last very long--is around as Kovacs' love interest, but unfortunately they have absolutely no chemistry together whatsoever, and the "romance" comes across as stiff and forced, which pretty much describes the entire movie.

There are service comedies that are worse than this one--Tommy Noonan and Peter Marshall's 1959 disaster "The Rookie" comes to mind--but there are also many, many better ones. Avoid this dud.

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