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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.


Mervyn LeRoy


Richard L. Breen, Howard Singer (novel)


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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


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!




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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Japanese-American Airman is heard exclaiming the Yiddish expression, "oy vey!" (The English translation is, "woe is me"). This same expression became the catchphrase for the character "Fuji Kobiaji" from the television series McHale's Navy (1962). See more »


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


Ume Tanaka: You bet!
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Referenced in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) See more »


Wake Me When It's Over
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Sung by Andy Williams
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Arguably the worst movie ever made!
12 March 2013 | by beegeebrightSee all my reviews

I just don't know what movie these other reviewers saw, but the movie I saw had no jokes at all. It had the set ups for jokes and people who can certainly be funny, Kovacs and Shawn for just two, but they aren't funny here. A complete waste of your time and as far as paying money for it, absolutely out of the question. It does not make fun of bureaucracy in the military. MASH makes fun of that. This just drones on and on with stupid situation after stupid situation. I wanted another "Operation Mad Ball", so believe me I get wacky military humor, that movie had it, this movie does not. Idiotic in tone, concept and delivery. I really hated this movie. No wonder it was buried on Fox Movie Channel. I will not miss Fox Movie Channel. There is a reason that you never hear of these movies.

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