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No Time for Sergeants 

Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy -- no one more than Sgt. King.


Alex Segal


Mac Hyman (novel), Ira Levin (written for television)




Episode credited cast:
Andy Griffith ... Will Stockdale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Brown Jr. Joe Brown Jr. ... Infantry Sergeant
Alexander Clark Alexander Clark ... Captain
Harry Clark Harry Clark ... Sgt. King
Robert Emhardt ... Major
Bob Hastings ... Lucky
George Kilroy George Kilroy ... Soldier
Eddie LeRoy ... Ben Whitledge
Adnia Rice Adnia Rice ... WAF Captain
G. Albert Smith G. Albert Smith ... Colonel
Arthur Storch ... Irving
Thomas Volk Thomas Volk ... PFC


Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy -- no one more than Sgt. King. At first King thinks he's found the perfect boob to do all the dirty work around the barracks. After all, Will actually enjoys cleaning the latrines. But the sergeant is in a heap of trouble when Will innocently tells the captain that King plans to keep him from getting classified. Now King will do anything to get rid of his perfect boob. But getting rid of him will prove more difficult than keeping him around. Written by J. Spurlin

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Comedy | Drama


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The stage production of "No Time for Sergeants" by Ira Levin opened at the Alvin Theater in New York on October 20, 1955 and ran for 796 performances. See more »


[first lines]
Will Stockdale: [to the audience] Howdy, I'm Will Stockdale. I'm fixin' to tell you some of the things that happened to me in the draft.
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Remade as No Time for Sergeants (1958) See more »

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One of the funniest shows I've ever seen...
4 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"No Time for Sergeants" was very unusual, in that it was first a live teleplay, then a Broadway play and then a Hollywood movie. While a few teleplays were made into hit movies (such as "Marty", "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "Days of Wine and Roses"), I can't recall one of these original TV plays ever going on to Broadway AND Hollywood--to great success. Plus, it made Andy Griffith a star, as he was in all three forms of this wonderful story.

As for the teleplay, it's amazing to see this and other teleplays of the era, as they were often broadcast LIVE (like this one). So, as millions of Americans watched, the show was done without a major hiccup--something even more amazing as several different shows produced similar teleplays each week from the late 40s up to about 1960. And the acting and writing was often as good or better than anything made in Hollywood at the time.

Unlike the movie version, this begins with a little introduction in which Griffith talks to the audience and then sings a bit--a much more folksy version than you see in the movie. And, throughout the teleplay, he stops to talk to the audience--delivering some hilarious lines. In many ways, this TV version was much more like Griffith's stand-up act in which he told humorous stories with a strong Southern slant (such as with his "What It Was, Was Football" bit). As far as the story goes, it's a lot like snippets of the movie--little vignettes here and there. And the sets are very stage-like--with Griffith walking from set to set as he talks to the audience.

Watching this telelplay was a lot of fun--even more so than the movie. In fact, my wife and I sat there laughing throughout--mostly due to Griffith's wonderful delivery as well as the great writing. To put it succinctly...it was fun! And, in an odd twist, this show was done in front of an audience--and you could hear from the laughter that they thought it was a heck of a lot of fun, too.

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Release Date:

15 March 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Theatre Guild See more »
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1.33 : 1
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