No Time for Sergeants was a 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman. It was later adapted into a popular Broadway play and 1958 motion picture, as well as a 1964 television series. The book chronicles the misadventures of a farm boy named Will Stockdale who is drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. He is assigned to the United States Army Air Force (which was when the Air Force was still part of the Army). The film version was a major hit and was largely responsible for launching the careers of Griffith and Knotts.
Check out how young Griffith looks:
Here is the overview:
Georgia farm boy Will Stockdale is about to bust with pride. He’s been drafted. Will’s ready. But is Uncle Sam ready for Will? In No Time for Sergeants, Andy Griffith is certifiably funny in the role that clinched his stardom. Wearing a friendly, wide grin, he ambles into the U.S. Air Force – and lots of folks’ll never be the same. They include pint-sized Ben (Nick Adams), big-city bruiser Irvin (Murray Hamilton) and a jittery aptitude tester (Don Knotts). Finally, there’s Sgt. Orville King (Myron McCormick), a don’t-rock-the-boat old-timer driven crazy by Will’s gee-whiz efforts at friendship. Griffith, McCormick and Knotts reprise their winning performances from No Time for Sergeants’ smash Broadway run. Breezily directed by the veteran Mervyn LeRoy (Mister Roberts), it’s definitely time for entertainment!
I had not seen this movie since I was a kid when I caught it on some Sunday TV matinee. I can’t remember what I though about it back then, but I found it a fun diversion. While Don Knotts’ role is smallish, he naturally shines in everything he does. I just adore him.
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