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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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30 October 1961 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Held der Etappe  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The Civilian Pilot Training Program they were a part of was a real program started just prior to WW-II, although it was phased out in the summer of 1944. A number of famous pilots received their flight training through the CPTP. See more »

Quotes

Archie Hall: Were you as shocked as I was about the fuss all those guys put up about us getting passes?
William 'Bill' Bowers: It wasn't that so much as it was that we were the only two in our barracks not on that KP list. Several of them were muttering something about "those two no-good duty sergeant-bribing gold-bricks who better not show their faces around there again."
Archie Hall: Well, what makes them think it's such a treat for US to show THEM our faces?
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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Army life the Arch Hall way
19 June 2003 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

As a huge Jack Webb fan and a huge Arch Hall (Sr. & Jr.) fan, I had long awaited the opportunity to see Jack Webb's portrayal of the life of Arch Hall Sr. I was a bit disappointed, though, when I discovered that the movie was a comedy about Arch's army career, not about his production of film greats like `Eegah' and `The Choppers.' This movie doesn't even mention his extensive prewar career making B-Westerns, preferring to imply that he had `no past.'

That said, however, Robert Mitchum does an excellent job of portraying Arch, as recollected by his wartime buddy Bill Bowers (adeptly portrayed by Jack Webb himself). According to Ray Dennis Steckler, Mitchum spent time studying the real Arch Hall, learning how to make every move speak of laziness and a drive to get somebody else to do the work. Steckler (who worked with Arch on `Eegah' and `Wild Guitar') says Mitchum did him to a `T.'

Bowers clearly romanticized his old friend quite a bit - if the real Arch Hall had been that good at manipulating circumstances to his favor, he would have become a Hollywood powerhouse, not a director of low-budget (if wonderful) schlock films. Nevertheless, watching Mitchum work people as Arch is enormously entertaining. I think this movie would appeal to anybody who has been in the service and dealt with the kind of ludicrous conditions that are familiar there. Mitchum as Arch gets to turn the whole system of controlled chaos to his advantage.

It's too bad Don Knotts didn't get more scenes, I started laughing as soon as he appeared on the screen. Everyone in the cast shows excellent comedic sense, and Jack proves (once again) that he was not just the straight man from Dragnet - he was a visionary and talented artist with considerable range.


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