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The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 31 May 1957 (Netherlands)
Privileged college student Andy Shaeffer is a mama's boy who flunks out of school and is drafted by the army where he becomes a real man, to the astonishment of everyone.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Guy Trosper (screenplay), Marion Hargrove (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tab Hunter ... Andy L. Shaeffer
Natalie Wood ... Susan Daniels
Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Madeline Shaeffer
Jim Backus ... Sgt. Hanna
Henry Jones ... Hanson
Murray Hamilton ... Sgt. Clyde
Alan King ... Maguire
James Garner ... Preston
David Janssen ... Capt. Genaro
Vinton Hayworth ... Arthur Shaeffer
Budd Knapp ... Congressman Hardison (as Wilfred Knapp)
Les Johnson Les Johnson ... Lt. Taylor
Raymond Bailey ... General
Florenz Ames ... Mr. Hillaby
Fredd Wayne ... Sgt. Sheridan
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Storyline

College students Andy Shaeffer and Susan Daniels are pinned. While Susan works hard to put herself through college, Andy sponges off his parents, his mother, Madeline Shaeffer, who in particular will give him whatever he wants. In other words, Andy is a mama's boy, which he doesn't really realize. Andy and Susan have used the word love to describe their relationship, but Susan isn't sure if that's what they are really feeling for each other or if it is solely a loveless passion. And if it is love, she isn't sure their relationship can survive without Andy taking some ownership of his life. The near end of their relationship, initiated by Susan, leads to Andy starting to flunk out of college, which in turn makes Andy a prime candidate to be drafted. During basic training at Camp Ord, California, Andy makes it clear to his superiors and his fellow privates that he doesn't want to be there and will do only what is requested of him without any extra effort. His superiors and fellow ... Written by Huggo

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It's the Big Happy Look at the New-Look Peace-Time Army! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1957 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl He Left Behind See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Wood was not fond of this film and was frequently critical of it later in her career. She would quip that it should be called "The Girl with the Left Behind." See more »

Goofs

It is not an error that several of the soldiers seen in this film are wearing other unit patches on their right sleeves. They are all wearing the 5th Infantry diamond on their left sleeve. A soldiers current unit is always worn on the left sleeve. Those soldiers who are combat veterans are authorized to permanently wear the unit patch of the unit they fought with on their right shoulder. So all those patches on the right sleeves represent units those men served in during World War II or Korea. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Clyde: Your behind will be grass and I'll be the lawnmower!
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Connections

Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Honey-Babe
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by the soldiers while marching
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Why Was This Movie Even Made?
15 June 2010 | by jak-766-401436See all my reviews

First saw this movie in 1965 the night before marksmanship qualification at Parris Island, I suspect that the reason they showed it to us is so that we could react to the slogan on the sign at the 11th Infantry's Headquarters. Yes, it was "Semper Fidelis"! The whole theater erupted each time that was shown. We also enjoyed the Sergeant's "Your behinds are grass, and I'm the lawnmower" because it was one of our DI's favorites; although with more colorful mode of expression.

The movie itself was hilarious in its badness (except for Natalie Wood). We could not fathom anyone getting away with the crap that Tab Hunter's "Andy" was dishing; not even in the Army! The less said about Andy's 'heroics', the better.

As for the romantic aspects, it was clear to all of us that Hunter's interest was not in Wood. No one (especially an actor as bad as Tab Hunter) could be within a mile of Natalie Wood and pretend such indifference. Even a great actor could not be indifferent.

A nice piece of big studio fluff that is too bad to get made today.


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