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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.

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 (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 »

Genres:

Comedy

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Trivia

Dwayne Hickman (Grady Metcalf) and Tuesday Weld (Comfort Goodpasture) were cast together again, a few months after this movie premiered, on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), also based on Max Shulman's stories. Hickman played the series' title character, while Weld had a recurring role as "Thalia Menninger". The television series was produced by Twentieth Century Fox, which also made this movie. 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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in My World and Welcome to It: Rally Round the Flag (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played when Gen. Thorwald drafts Harry into the army
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early Tuesday Weld steals the show
11 November 2005 | by beckstrom7See all my reviews

when she realizes she likes boys, she just doesn't like Dwayne Hickman, it's sheer truth and delight! the rest of the cast is forced...Joanne Woodward is strident. Paul Newman is slumming, Joan Collins is adequate. Jack Carson is Carson. Dwayne Hickman deserves Weld's scorn. bad comedy, except for Weld's self-recognition. these 50's films try to be smart, but aren't. once in a while a performer can rise above the material. here it's only a young, precocious teenager who mesmerizes.

Weld was given praise by none other than Pauline Kael. in her review of Weld's classic '68, "Pretty Poison", she suggested Weld didn't have the career she deserved, "and maybe it isn't just her unlucky name...maybe she's the kind of actress who doesn't let you know she's acting, like Geraldine Page or Estelle Parsons do. how else can an actress give the kind of performances Tuesday Weld has given in "Rally 'round the Flag, Boys!", "Soldier in the Rain", "The Cincinatti Kid", and "Lord Love a Duck", and still not being taken seriously?"


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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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