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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 back yard.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Leo McCarey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Harry Bannerman, a Connecticut suburbanite who becomes involved in various shenanigans with his wife Grace Oglethorpe, 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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

'Boojum' is a term coined by Lewis Carroll, and first appears in his poem, "The Hunting of the Snark". The 'Snark' (SM-62) was a surface-to-surface missile (a large cruise missile) used by the US military. Given the presence of a missile base in the film, it is likely that the term, 'Boojum', was used to make the connection with the real missile. See more »

Goofs

During long shots of the mock-up of the Mayflower approaching the Fourth of July pageant by ocean, the ship is clearly far out at sea. But in close-ups, foliage from nearby land can be seen just a few feet away. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

You're My Boojoo
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Newman's weakest of '58 still an interesting comic effort
3 January 2001 | by fs3See all my reviews

In other of Paul Newman's movie years, this one might have fared better, but alongside the Southern masterpieces Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Long Hot Summer, and the flawed but interesting Billy The Kid take The Left-Handed Gun, this sometimes amusing fluff just can't hold up. Good to see him paired with Woodward and taking a stab at screen comedy for the first time, but he never truly excelled at it until later in his career. Still, some nice bits and decent work survive. It's just impossible to see and compare these days, rarely if ever broadcast and unreleased to video to this day.


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