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No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 5 July 1958 (USA)
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 Sergeant King.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Ira Levin (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Pvt. Will Stockdale
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Sgt. Orville C. King
Nick Adams ... Pvt. Ben Whitledge
Murray Hamilton ... Irving S. Blanchard
Howard Smith ... Maj. Gen. Eugene Bush
Will Hutchins ... Lt. George Bridges
Sydney Smith ... Maj. Gen. Vernon Pollard
James Millhollin ... Maj. Royal B. Demming (psychiatrist) (as James Milhollan)
Don Knotts ... Cpl. John C. Brown
Jean Willes ... WAF Captain
Bartlett Robinson ... Captain
Henry McCann Henry McCann ... Lt. Cover
Dub Taylor ... McKinney
William Fawcett ... Pa Stockdale
Raymond Bailey ... Base Colonel
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Storyline

Hillbilly, Will Stockdale, drafted into the United States' Air Force, combines crushing naivety, stubbornness, a completely literal mind, and amazing physical strength. Will the Air Force survive all the numerous experiences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meet Pte. Will Stockdale - in charge of the smallest room in the barracks - bringing you the biggest laughs of your life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Time for Sergeants See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The stage production of "No Time for Sergeants" by Ira Levin opened at the Alvin Theater in New York on Thursday, October 20, 1955, and ran for seven hundred ninety-six performances. Andy Griffith received a 1956 Tony Award nomination for Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor. See more »

Goofs

Major General Pollard is shown wearing his medals while on routine duty. Unless it were a formal or ceremonial occasion, he should only be wearing his ribbons, in lieu of the medals they represent. See more »

Quotes

WAF Captain: [Ben shakes Will. The captain feels something is wong with him as he stares slack-jawed] What's the matter with this guy? Have you been drinking?
Benjamin B. Whitledge: No. No, sir.
Benjamin B. Whitledge: [to Will] Get at attention, Will!
[Ben pulls the stunned Will up by his belt]
WAF Captain: We're sending this to school?
Benjamin B. Whitledge: Yes, sir... ma'am! If he passes the eye test, he'll be goin' to gunnery school.
WAF Captain: As what? A target?
Benjamin B. Whitledge: Yes, ma'am!
WAF Captain: Let's have no more rowdy-dow. Understand? No more!
Benjamin B. Whitledge: [to Will after the captain walks away] What's the matter with you anyhow? ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During a ceremony to Will Stockdale and Benjamin Whitledge, a radio announcer mentions Operation Prometheus, (that Will Stockdale jumped out of and pulled Ben Whitledge out with him, to parachute to the ground) mentions privates Stockdale and Whitledge's names. Stockdale and Whitledge (in unison) each ask saying their last-name Stockdale and Whitledge? The radio announcer answers back "Yes, Stockdale and Whitledge." See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Bus (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Caisson Song
(uncredited)
Music by Edmund L. Gruber
Played at the end
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Watch this to see that Andy Griffith really had some range as an actor...
20 June 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... plus it is fun too! This is really worth watching for two reasons. It is obviously a blueprint for the popular spin-off TV show "Gomer Pyle USMC" starring Jim Nabors in the part played here by Andy Griffith, and it is interesting to make comparisons between the two. Secondly, it really is part of a tribute to the great yet unappreciated range Andy Griffith had as an actor. Here he plays the yokel as well-meaning good guy, anxious to serve his country but just too friendly and green to fully comprehend the discipline he is under in training camp. He thinks it is an honor when the sergeant gives him latrine duty, and his version of the 21-gun salute when the latrine is inspected is truly hilarious. Watch this and then watch him play the yokel as bad guy in "A Face in the Crowd".


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