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Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | February 1959 (USA)
All about the citizens of Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an Army missile base in their backyard.


Leo McCarey


Claude Binyon (screenplay), Leo McCarey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Harry Bannerman
Joanne Woodward ... Grace Bannerman
Joan Collins ... Angela Hoffa
Jack Carson ... Capt. Hoxie
Dwayne Hickman ... Grady Metcalf
Tuesday Weld ... Comfort Goodpasture
Gale Gordon ... Brig. Gen. W.A. Thorwald
Tom Gilson ... Corporal Opie
O.Z. Whitehead ... Isaac Goodpasture


Harry Bannerman (Paul Newman), a Connecticut suburbanite who becomes involved in various shenanigans with his wife Grace (Joanne Woodward), leads a protest movement against a secret Army plan to set up a missile base in their community. Written by alfiehitchie

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20th Century-Fox hilariously declares a national laugh holiday...as the cast of the year brings the # 1 fun best-seller howlingly alive! See more »




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This is one of a very few movies that starred an actor and an actress who were married to each other, and who each won an Academy Award for acting. Joanne Woodward for "The Three Faces of Eve," and Paul Newman for "The Color of Money." See more »


57:48 That looks like a GMC CCKW 2½-ton 6x6 truck behind the captain's lead Jeep, proceeding to the base on "Route 27", but at 58:09 there's a sign indicating the bridge has a load limit of 1½ tons... See more »


Brig. Gen. W.A. Thorwald: [holding chimpanzee] This little fella is going to take a journey into space. And return. Alive.
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Referenced in My World and Welcome to It: Rally Round the Flag (1969) See more »


You're In The Army Now
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played when Gen. Thorwald drafts Harry into the army
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A 1950s sex comedy!
24 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

You've gotta feel sorry for Harry (Paul Newman) in "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!". His wife (Joanne Woodward) is ALWAYS busy with committees and projects and never has time for him. No sooner does he convince her to take out some time so they can go off to a romantic hotel than she agrees to head up yet another committee--one to fight a new army base coming to town! This time, she not only agrees to be the head but volunteers Harry for it as well! All Harry wants is to be with his wife....alone! At the same time, a VERY sexy neighbor (Joan Collins) is suffering from the same problem with her husband--a man who is practically never home. However, she deals with it very differently--she decides she wants Harry! And, she'll do ANYTHING to get him--even ruin his marriage. For a 1950s film, "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" is an amazingly sexual film. Think about it--the premise is that Harry is very sexually frustrated through no fault of his own! And, again and again, his libido is unfulfilled.

So is this little comedy worth seeing? Yes. However, just because it has Newman and Woodward does NOT mean it's a great film--which it isn't. The film suffers from two main problems--the unfulfilled libido and the marital problems in Harry's marriage do seem to go on a bit too long. Additionally, I found it difficult to enjoy at times because Woodward's character is really difficult to like. Plus, towards the end it all just degenerates into a bit of a mess. Still, it's a cute film and a decent way to spend 106 minutes of your life provided your expectations are not especially high.

By the way, the pageant about Pocahontas was perhaps even more insanely inaccurate than the Disney film. Imagine--Pocahontas greeting the Pilgrims lead by John Smith at Plymouth!! Firecrackers! Crazy.

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Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Leo McCarey's Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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