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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 5 July 1958 (USA)
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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 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
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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 picture that's winning every medal for mirth! See more »

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Comedy | War

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Trivia

While, strictly speaking, not the same story, the concept of Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) was a very close copy of the situation depicted in this film. Although No Time for Sergeants was set in the Air Force, Gomer Pyle was set in the Marines, and of course, Gomer Pyle was a spin-off from The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Interestingly, Pyle premiered in 1964, the same year as the television series of No Time for Sergeants (1964). While the Sergeants television series was a major flop, cancelled before the end of the first season, Pyle was a major hit, running from 1964-1969. See more »

Goofs

Behind the movie's credits is a set of Army sergeant chevrons. But all the sergeants in the movie are Air Force. 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 »


Soundtracks

America, the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played when Will and Ben watch the ceremony from the shed
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Wish they still made them like this.
13 June 2001 | by magellan333See all my reviews

This is a hilarious movie that doesn't have to resort to insulting humor or lewd remarks. Andy Griffith is the naive and innocent Will Stockdale who is drafted into the Air Force. He unintentionally reeks havoc across the barracks and with the drill seargant. I laugh until I almost cry most every time I see this gem of a film. This film was the inspiration for The Andy Griffith Show spinoff Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. A wonderful film that is worth watching again and again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Time for Sergeants See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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