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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 5 July 1958 (USA)
2:21 | Trailer
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.


Mervyn LeRoy


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





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 (psychiatrist) (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


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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Comedy | War


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Did You Know?


All of the principal actors from the Broadway play appeared in the film except for Roddy McDowall, who portrayed Ben Whitledge. Director Mervyn LeRoy stated in his autobiography that, although he asked McDowell to appear in the movie, the actor refused. Nick Adams played Ben in the film and received rave reviews, as did Griffith. See more »


When Will and Ben are crawling underneath the barbed wire fence to get into the air force base, there is a ripping sound from the back of Ben's pants. But in the next scene, when Ben is shown from the rear, there is no tear in his pants. See more »


Maj. Demming: Now then - your father. Living?
Will Stockdale: Yes, sir.
Maj. Demming: Do you get along with him okay?
Will Stockdale: Yes, sir.
Maj. Demming: Does he ever beat you?
Will Stockdale: [laughs] You bet!
Maj. Demming: Hard?
Maj. Demming: And how! Boy, there ain't nobody can beat like my pa can.
Maj. Demming: So this is where the antagonism comes from.
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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 »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Bus (1975) See more »


I Love a Parade
Music by Harold Arlen
First tune played on the radio in the woods
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plenty of time for laughing
8 February 2004 | by kubdratSee all my reviews

this is one funny movie...the only time it really slows down is when will and ben are shot down and are discovered alive at the air base. but when will is trying to become classified, there is one good gag after another...like when ben is trying to make sure the major is spelling his name correctly...or when irving and the sarge are trying to get will drunk at the bar and when will is leaving the mp's come rushing in and will says, "there's a couple thirsty fellas". or like the other poster said about getting the latrine clean enough to cut out the general's heart. or when ben thinks he's about to be shot for leaving his post by jumping from a disable airplane. the fun thing is..even though will isn't very bright...he does have a wisdom about him...understanding situations that others miss...one very good movie...

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Release Date:

5 July 1958 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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