Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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Archie Hall
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William 'Bill' Bowers
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Peggy Kramer
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Cindy Hamilton
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Pvt. Sam Beacham
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Pvt. Russell Drexler
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Pvt. Frank Ostrow
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Pvt. Billy Simpson (as James Lydon)
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Col. Edwin Martin
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Capt. Harry Little
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MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim
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Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar
Claudia Barrett ...
Lola
Theona Bryant ...
Daphne
Elaine Devry ...
Carole (as Elaine Davis)
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Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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He's the Private With a Private Jeep...a Private Stock of Girls...and a Private Joke on the Whole U.S. Army!

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30 October 1961 (Sweden)  »

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Der Held der Etappe  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The main character is based on Arch Hall Sr., director and star of films such as Eegah (1962) and Wild Guitar (1962), and was an Army buddy of the film's writer. Hall was indeed a pilot, as is his son, Arch Hall Jr. Hall was aware his friend Bowers was writing the script and was flattered and pleased. Once the film was completed and in release, Hall sued the producers of this movie for invasion of privacy. The suit was apparently dropped or settled out of court. Bowers, writing later about his friend and the incident, not only bore Hall no malice, he thought Hall's actions were consistently in character for the sharpie with whom he'd served in uniform. See more »

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Cindy Hamilton refers to Col. Edwin Martin as "Uncle Frank". See more »

Quotes

William 'Bill' Bowers: And that was when the Vigaro hit the Mixmaster.
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Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
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Comic look at Army life stateside in WW2
13 January 2003 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

Light, entertaining piece that oddly seems to fit both Webb and Mitchum. The scriptwriter had an excellent feel for how things worked (and still work, probably) in the Army if you know how to play the angles. Most of us who spent a few years on active duty (I spent 21 yrs) pulled a lot of these stunts, and we all knew people like Archie Hall -- and most of the other denizens of Camp Buckley.

This ain't CITIZEN KANE, but it's a lot of fun, probably a lot more so if you spent time in uniform.


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