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The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 30 October 1961 (Sweden)
Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Archie Hall
... William 'Bill' Bowers
... Peggy Kramer
... Cindy Hamilton
... Pvt. Sam Beacham
... Pvt. Russell Drexler
... Pvt. Frank Ostrow
... Pvt. Billy Simpson (as James Lydon)
... Col. Edwin Martin
... Capt. Harry Little
... MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim
... Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar
... Lola
Theona Bryant ... Daphne
... Carole (as Elaine Davis)
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Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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He's the Private With a Private Jeep...a Private Stock of Girls...and a Private Joke on the Whole U.S. Army!

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Comedy | Romance | War

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30 October 1961 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Held der Etappe  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,200,000
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(RCA Sound Recording)
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Private Bowers makes the (voice over) comment, "And that's when the Vigaro hit the Mixmaster." At the time of the story, Vigaro was a brand of steer manure, and a Mixmaster was a brand of electric kitchen mixer for mixing cake batter. See more »

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Pvt. Russell Drexler [Joe Flynn] comments on the hazards of piloting gliders in combat: "The whole idea seems to be to try and crash through as many fences as you can before you burst into flames." Gliders are unpowered aircraft and carry no fuel that would burst into flames. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Russell Drexler: And maybe you haven't given any thought to how much you are a sitting duck in one of those things.
Archie Hall: Aw, now, what is a sitting duck but a duck that just happens to be sitting?
Pvt. Sam Beacham: [Sarcastically] "What is a DEAD duck but a duck that just happens to be DEAD?"
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References The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) See more »

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At Last
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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Army life the Arch Hall way
19 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

As a huge Jack Webb fan and a huge Arch Hall (Sr. & Jr.) fan, I had long awaited the opportunity to see Jack Webb's portrayal of the life of Arch Hall Sr. I was a bit disappointed, though, when I discovered that the movie was a comedy about Arch's army career, not about his production of film greats like `Eegah' and `The Choppers.' This movie doesn't even mention his extensive prewar career making B-Westerns, preferring to imply that he had `no past.'

That said, however, Robert Mitchum does an excellent job of portraying Arch, as recollected by his wartime buddy Bill Bowers (adeptly portrayed by Jack Webb himself). According to Ray Dennis Steckler, Mitchum spent time studying the real Arch Hall, learning how to make every move speak of laziness and a drive to get somebody else to do the work. Steckler (who worked with Arch on `Eegah' and `Wild Guitar') says Mitchum did him to a `T.'

Bowers clearly romanticized his old friend quite a bit - if the real Arch Hall had been that good at manipulating circumstances to his favor, he would have become a Hollywood powerhouse, not a director of low-budget (if wonderful) schlock films. Nevertheless, watching Mitchum work people as Arch is enormously entertaining. I think this movie would appeal to anybody who has been in the service and dealt with the kind of ludicrous conditions that are familiar there. Mitchum as Arch gets to turn the whole system of controlled chaos to his advantage.

It's too bad Don Knotts didn't get more scenes, I started laughing as soon as he appeared on the screen. Everyone in the cast shows excellent comedic sense, and Jack proves (once again) that he was not just the straight man from Dragnet - he was a visionary and talented artist with considerable range.


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