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Wake Me When It's Over (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 June 1960 (West Germany)
Gus Brubaker has been drafted... again. Due to a clerical error, Gus finds himself deployed to a little Japanese island where everyone is bored to death. So Gus decided to build a hotel and hire locals to run the place.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Richard L. Breen, Howard Singer (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Charlie Stark
Dick Shawn ... Gus Brubaker
Margo Moore ... Lt. Nora McKay
Jack Warden ... Capt. Dave 'Doc' Farrington
Nobu McCarthy ... Ume Tanaka (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
Don Knotts ... Sgt. Percy Warren
Robert Strauss ... Sgt. Sam Weiscoff
Noreen Nash ... Marge Brubaker
Parley Baer ... Col. Archie Hollingsworth
Robert Emhardt ... Joab Martinson
Marvin Kaplan ... Hap Cosgrove
Tommy Nishimura Tommy Nishimura ... Pvt. Jim (Mushy) Harigawa
Raymond Bailey ... Gen. Weigang
Robert Burton ... Col. Dowling
Frank Behrens Frank Behrens ... Maj. Bigelow
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Gus Brubaker has been drafted... again. Due to a clerical error, Gus finds himself deployed to a little Japanese island where everyone is bored to death. So Gus decided to build a hotel and hire locals to run the place.

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G.I.s on the loose with 100 Geisha Girls...on a forgotten island in the South Pacific...WOW!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 June 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Unrasiert und fern der Heimat See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to studio publicity materials, Ernie Kovacs did his own parachute stunts. See more »

Goofs

Gus places 5 beer in the water to keep cool. When the cans explode there are 8 popping noises. See more »

Quotes

Hap Cosgrove: Welcome to Shima.
Gus Brubaker: Oh, thank you.
Hap Cosgrove: How d'ya like it?
Gus Brubaker: Well, I'm not too sure yet.
Hap Cosgrove: I'll save ya the trouble. You heard of hell? Well, when it first got started it was a new idea, so they hadda test it out. This here island is the place they picked.
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Referenced in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

You Make Me Feel So Young
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Played by the band when a drunk Joab falls in the pool
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This is a keeper
23 October 2001 | by bernie-50See all my reviews

The film parallels the book with a few risqué exceptions. What is unique is that even though major actors were picked for the movie they could not be closer to the character description from the 1959 book of the same name by Howard Singer.

Russ is a schnook. Therefore if something can go wrong it will. His wife is into insurance of all kinds. She wants him to get his GI insurance while he can. After she forces him to apply (schnook), he must explain that he has two serial numbers (schnook). When he was shot down over Germany he was presumed dead and needed a second number to get discharged (schnook). So naturally realizing that the (schnook) being in the service only one-day on the second serial number, is called up to finish his time.

He ends up on an island in the middle of the Sea of Japan. There he has a revelation that saves his sanity and that of 400 other servicemen. A plan so brilliant that I am not about to tell you what it is or how it is executed.

In the book the plan cured his shnookyness, in the movie it takes a trial. The cast includes Dick Shawn as the schnook and Ernie Kovacs as his commander and hotshot fighter pilot.

I can relate to this as I also have two serial numbers.


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