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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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It's Time for the Laughiest Time of Your Lifetime! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sammy Jackson appears uncredited as an inductee in several scenes. Six years later he would star in the lead role as Will Stockdale in the short-lived television sitcom adaptation of the story. 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

Benjamin B. Whitledge: Our post was the tail of the plane and nobody told us to quit it!
Will Stockdale: But the tail was on fire, Ben! Our post was a-quittin' us!
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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 What's My Line?: Andy Griffith (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Long, Long Trail
(uncredited)
Music by Zo Elliott
Played when Sgt. King sees that Will and Ben are alive
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One of the very best comedies
29 November 2003 | by the_bikeSee all my reviews

Movies like this are what they're taking about when they talk of classic comedies. This was the movie version of a Broadway stage hit that ran forever, and anyone who watches this film will readily understand why. Andy Griffith is absolutely perfect as Will Stockdale and Nick Adams, Sergeant King and Don Knotts fit their parts like a glove. They simply don't make many comedies that are as flat out funny as this one. They never did and still don't.


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