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Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Louis Nye ...
Pvt. Sam Beacham
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Pvt. Russell Drexler
Del Moore ...
Pvt. Frank Ostrow
Jimmy Lydon ...
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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Comedy | Romance | War

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30 October 1961 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Held der Etappe  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia

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

MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: Well... it ain't been over two weeks ago since I read this article in some magazine.
Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar: What was this article on?
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: G2.
Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar: Intelligence?
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: And this article tells how these guys in G2, no matter what is their actual rank, can go around posin' as anything they want. A private in G2 can put on a general's uniform, or a general in G2 can put on a private's uniform, or anything in between.
Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar: Which do you think it is in this case?
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: Well... if a man is a private and he has the chance to be anything he wants, would...
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Angel Face
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Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herm Saunders)
Lyrics by William Bowers
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Jack Webb at his zaniest?!
27 March 2008 | by (Dixie) – See all my reviews

That rarest of cinematic animals: A Jack Webb comedy...

That is, an INTENTIONAL Jack Webb comedy. In at least one interview Mitchum claimed this was his favorite role, because he "got paid $400,000 in advance". Mitchum plays Archie Hall, a charming con man who's always scamming his army superiors during WW2. Hall was real person, an army buddy of screenwriter William Bowers (played by Webb in his stiffly pseudo-relaxed "Joe Friday takes the weekend off" manner). But Mitchum with his "who gives a damn" attitude isn't really suited to playing a con man -- it's a role that would've suited, say, Tony Curtis better.

The supporting cast of character comics -- Robert Strauss and Harvey Lembeck (reunited 8 years after Stalag 17) as knucklehead sergeants, plus Louis Nye, Joe Flynn, and Del Moore as Mitchum's patsies in the platoon -- come off best, even if Nye overacts quite a bit. This may be the best part Moore ever had (and don't give me that Nutty Ptofessor crap -- Moore was wasted as Jerry's stooge). Too bad Moore never got a career-boosting TV gig (the way Flynn did with McHale's Navy), he was a very talented farceur.


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