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When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, War | February 1950 (USA)
Willie Kluggs enters the service with hopes of going overseas, but his uncanny marksmanship keeps him at home as a shooting instructor... much to his embarrassment.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Sy Gomberg (based on a story by), Richard Sale (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... William 'Bill' Kluggs
Corinne Calvet ... Yvonne Le Tete
Colleen Townsend ... Marjorie 'Marge' Fettles
William Demarest ... Herman Kluggs
Jimmy Lydon ... Charles 'Charlie' Fettles (as James Lydon)
Lloyd Corrigan ... Maj. Adams
Evelyn Varden ... Mrs. Gertrude Kluggs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Mitchum ... Schreves (scenes deleted)
Paul Picerni ... Kerrigan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When Willie leaves home to join the war effort he is all ready to become a hero, but he is only frustrated when his posting ends up to be in his home town, and he is recruited into training, keeping him from the action. However, when he finds himself accidently behind enemy lines he unexpectedly becomes a hero after all. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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His story is taken from Government films ... because they didn't want it !

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Front and Center See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When the P38 Lightning is flying, it produces a single radial engine sound effect. The radial engine has it's own distinct sound. The P38 uses two water-cooled twelve cylinder (V12) engines with a complete different sound than the air-cooled radial engine. See more »

Quotes

Yvonne Le Tete: You don't feel so good, Willie, do you?
William 'Bill' Kluggs: Yeah, I don't feel so good!
Yvonne Le Tete: Mal-de-tete?
William 'Bill' Kluggs: Yeah, and I got a headache too!
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Somebody Stole My Gal
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Written by Leo Wood
Played and sung by a band with Dan Dailey on trombone
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quite funny, and typically fordian
4 October 2005 | by j-cfSee all my reviews

Nobody can say that this is a masterpiece, because this picture was made by John Ford. And, as everyone knows, John Ford can't make a good comedy... This is all rubbish!! This is a good entertaining fordian reflexion about war, patriotism and life (in the army or in a provincial town). Ford is not an aggressive filmmaker like could have been Sturges (by the way, I love Sturges too, but for different reasons), and his look at his characters is tender, full of compassion and amusement, even if the main subject (war) is not funny, a fact which is here quite explicit. Ford knows the weakness points of his compatriots, but denounces them without anger. He is part of America, and is clever enough to know it and not to take everything too seriously. Any Ford's movie is, in some way or another, a comedy. That's his stuff, and even his most somber dramas are kind of comedies. See the cavalry trilogy, or even "how green...": in every Ford movie a character (most often, several) plays a funny-tender part. That's Ford's universe, with his highlights and his lousy pictures. This one is quite in the middle, so definitely worth watching!!!


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