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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | | Comedy , War | 5 July 1958 (USA)
Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy, no one more than Sergeant King.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Ira Levin (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Pvt. Will Stockdale
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Sgt. Orville C. King
Nick Adams ... Pvt. Ben Whitledge
Murray Hamilton ... Irving S. Blanchard
Howard Smith ... Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush
Will Hutchins ... Lt. George Bridges
Sydney Smith ... Maj. Gen. Vernon Pollard
James Millhollin ... Maj. Royal B. Demming (as James Milhollan)
Don Knotts ... Cpl. John C. Brown
Jean Willes ... WAF Captain
Bartlett Robinson ... Captain
Henry McCann Henry McCann ... Lt. Cover
Dub Taylor ... McKinney
William Fawcett ... Pa Stockdale
Raymond Bailey ... Base Colonel
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Storyline

Hillbilly, Will Stockdale, drafted into the United States' Air Force, combines crushing naivety, stubbornness, a completely literal mind, and amazing physical strength. Will the Air Force survive all the numerous experiences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Wonderful guys who won a medal for strictly nothing -- and win a Laugh for strictly everything they do! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blindgänger der Kompanie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Don Knotts' film debut. He met Andy Griffith when he played the same part in Broadway's "No Time For Sergeants". Griffith remembered Knotts when he was looking for someone to play bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show (1960). The two formed a lifelong friendship. After Knotts left Andy Griffith Show, he later made guest appearances on it and another Andy Griffith television series, Matlock (1986). In 2006, Griffith even broke the news of Knotts' passing to the media. See more »

Goofs

The members of the B-25 crew are dressed in office uniforms consisting of matching shirts and trousers, plus ties. They should have been wearing one-piece nylon flight suits. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush: What's the matter with the other "hero"? He keeps saying he's sorry and that he only has one life to give for his county.
Will Stockdale: He figures you all brought us out here to get shot.
Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush: [Together with Gen.Pollard] Shot?
Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush: Ridiculous, all these witnesses, Vernon? Take a smoke.
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Crazy Credits

During a ceremony to Will Stockdale and Benjamin Whitledge, a radio announcer mentions Operation Prometheus, (that Will Stockdale jumped out of and pulled Ben Whitledge out with him, to parachute to the ground) mentions privates Stockdale and Whitledge's names. Stockdale and Whitledge (in unison) each ask saying their last-name Stockdale and Whitledge? The radio announcer answers back "Yes, Stockdale and Whitledge." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Be This or That
(uncredited)
Music by Sunny Skylar
Played when Will toasts the sergeant at the Purple Grotto
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Damn Funny!
14 May 2001 | by wbhickokSee all my reviews

I watched this movie begrudgingly one day and I was amazed at how funny it was. It caught me completely off guard. The drill sergeant is played to perfection by Myron McCormick, whose life is made miserable by hayseed Griffith. Many very funny vignettes, the bar scene still has me LOL, as does much of the movie. Watch and enjoy.


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