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Wake Me When It's Over (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 June 1960 (West Germany)
Gus Brubaker has been drafted... again. Due to a clerical error, Gus finds himself deployed to a little Japanese island where everyone is bored to death. So Gus decided to build a hotel and hire locals to run the place.

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Capt. Charlie Stark
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Gus Brubaker
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Lt. Nora McKay
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Captain Dave 'Doc' Farrington
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Ume Tanaka (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
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Sgt. Percy Warren
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Sgt. Sam Weiscoff
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Marge Brubaker
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Col. Archie Hollingsworth
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Joab Martinson
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Hap Cosgrove
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Pvt. Jim (Mushy) Harigawa
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Gen. Weigang
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Col. Dowling
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Maj. Bigelow
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Gus Brubaker has been drafted... again. Due to a clerical error, Gus finds himself deployed to a little Japanese island where everyone is bored to death. So Gus decided to build a hotel and hire locals to run the place.

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G.I.s on the loose with 100 Geisha Girls...on a forgotten island in the South Pacific...WOW!

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Unrasiert und fern der Heimat  »

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Capt. Charlie Stark: There's a lot of things wrong with me, and one of them is I'm love with ya! I was even crazy enough to wanna marry ya.
Lt. Nora McKay: Oh, I can see it now - it'd be a beautiful ceremony, in a vine-covered church with you parachuting through the roof.
Capt. Charlie Stark: Look, don't worry how I get there; you just run your end of the store. All you have to do is sit around looking pretty, rack up a few babies, and keep some cold cans of beer in the icebox.
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Give Me the Simple Life
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Music by Rube Bloom
Played when the photographer shows up at Joab's room
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Thin Comedy
21 April 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A resourceful airman (Shawn) gets assigned to a forgotten island installation in the Pacific. There he puts other apathetic airmen and locals to work building a popular hotel with abandoned government materials. However, the big brass don't take kindly to his enterprise.

It's a thin service comedy at a time when service comedies were popular, e.g. Mr. Roberts (1955), Operation Madball (1957). I can't help thinking Shawn is miscast as the principal lead. Frankly, he looks a little lost, at times. As a performer, he excels at zany parts both on stage and on screen, It's a Mad, Mad World (1963), for example. But here he's used in a fairly straight role as an occasionally amusing entrepreneur, a role any number of non-comics could have handled. Also, Kovacs looks zany in his unmilitary outfits, but has no one to play off of as he did with Jack Lemmon in Madball. So he has no real routines other than shimmying down a flagpole.

It also looks like director LeRoy, a Hollywood veteran, is somewhat indifferent to the material. There's no snap to the scenes or to the editing. And I'm not sure why, since he has a number of successful comedies in his resume. It may be he didn't care for the screenplay, which is anything but tight. Instead, it stretches out in somewhat meandering fashion. Too bad also that the stellar crew of comedic supporting players—Knotts, Strauss, Kaplan, go largely unused.

All in all, the movie's an overlong disappointment, despite the talent involved.


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