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The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)

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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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 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 »

Goofs

Pvt. Russell Drexler [Joe Flynn] comments on the hazards of piloting gliders in combat: "The whole idea seems to be to try and crash through as many fences as you can before you burst into flames." Gliders are unpowered aircraft and carry no fuel that would burst into flames. See more »

Quotes

Archie Hall: [Opening a door in her face] Oh, I'm sorry, Miss Willoughby. Did I hurt you?
Miss Willoughby: ...Yes, you did.
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Connections

References The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
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Last Time We Saw Jack Webb On Theater Screens
28 June 1999 | by (Manassas VA) – See all my reviews

By 1960, "Dragnet" had been cancelled, and so had all of Mark VII LTD's other TV series. Webb's intention was to do theatrical films from now on. Then he made this film.

"The Last Time I Saw Archie" is a series of comedy vignettes hooked on a true life situation - a stateside camp consisting of "leftovers" from a program designed to train pilots too old for combat duty during WWII. (The program was cancelled because the war was winding down.) Robert Mitchum plays Pvt. Archie Hall, a schemer who manages to convince everyone around him that he's more important than his rank indicates. Webb is Pvt. Bill Bowers (the same man who wrote the screenplay), the buddy who goes along for the ride. During the course of the film, Archie avoids all the mundane duties of military life, finds girlfriends for himself and Bowers, and secures an unrestricted pass and a private jeep.

FACTOID: The film was Webb's most expensive production; it cost about $2 million. It was also his biggest flop, grossing about $1.2 million. Webb would never again make a theatrical feature. Five years later, he'd be back to playing Sgt. Friday.


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