Mr. Winkle Goes to War

Mr. Winkle Goes to War

Director: Alfred E. Green, Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Warrick, Ted Donaldson

Cast: Alfred E. Green, Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Warrick, Ted Donaldson

     
 
The year is 1942: Mr. Winkle (Edward G. Robinson), a mild-mannered bank clerk, decides to quit his job and open a fix-it shop in his garage. Winkle's wife Amy (Ruth Warrick) disapproves of this, and orders her husband to move into his little shop. Tired of being browbeaten, Winkle is delighted when his draft notice shows up. Fitted for a uniform, Winkle has the wind

Overview

The year is 1942: Mr. Winkle (Edward G. Robinson), a mild-mannered bank clerk, decides to quit his job and open a fix-it shop in his garage. Winkle's wife Amy (Ruth Warrick) disapproves of this, and orders her husband to move into his little shop. Tired of being browbeaten, Winkle is delighted when his draft notice shows up. Fitted for a uniform, Winkle has the wind taken out of his sails in basic training, but soon finds that army life agrees with him; when given a chance to go home when the draft age is lowered to 38, he refuses to do so. Transferred to the South Pacific, Winkle instinctively performs a conspicuous act of bravery. He returns home a much-decorated hero, but he's too shy to partake in the ceremonies in his honor, opting instead to return to his shop, and to his now-loving wife Amy. A tailor-made Edward G. Robinson vehicle, Mr. Winkle Goes to War was adapted by Waldo Salt, George Corey and Louis Solomon from a novel by Theodore Pratt. Watch for Robert Mitchum, Hugh Beaumont and Miss Jeff Donnell in unbilled bits.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although definitely a bit of war-time propaganda, Mr. Winkle Goes to War is an entertaining piece of whimsy with dramatic overtones. The title leads one to expect an out-and-out comedy, and while Winkle is definitely amusing and has some laugh-out-loud moments, it's more serious than the title would indicate. The trio of screenwriters have done a very good job in creating a totally sympathetic lead character and in placing him in situations that, while predictable, yield satisfying results. They are perhaps a bit less successful in keeping some of the more serious moments from coming off as a trifle mawkish, but this doesn't seriously damage the film. The authors are especially fortunate in having the marvelous Edward G. Robinson on hand to breathe life into their lovable little milquetoast of a leading character. The actor, well known for his tough guy/hardboiled gangster roles, is equally at home in "softer" characters, and he makes Winkle the character (and, for that matter, Winkle the movie) into a lovely, engaging affair. Alfred E. Green directs with efficiency, if not an excessive amount of flair, and the supporting cast is all fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
UPC:
0043396396937
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
42,335

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Wilbert George Winkle
Ruth Warrick Amy Winkle
Ted Donaldson Barry
Bob Haymes Jack Pettigrew
Richard Lane Sgt. "Alphabet"
Donald Smith Joe Tinker
Richard Gaines Ralph Westcott
Walter S. Baldwin Plummer
Art Smith McDavid
Ann Shoemaker Martha Pettigrew
Paul Stanton A.B. Simkins
Buddy Yarus Johnson
William Forrest Captain
Bernadene Hayes Gladys
Jeff Donnell Hostess
Herbert Heyes Doctor
Anne Loos Girl
George Tyne Johnson
Warren Ashe Captain
Hugh Beaumont Range Officer
Early Cantrell Girl
Tommy Cook 4th Kid
Nancy Evans Girl
James Flavin Sergeant
Sam Flint Army Doctor
Howard Freeman Mayor
Terry Frost Military Police
Ernest Hilliard Army Doctor
Fred Kohler Sergeant
Nelson Leigh Army Doctor
Robert Mitchum Corporal
Dennis Moore Sergeant
Forbes Murray Army Doctor
Leslie Sketchley Army Draftee
Ben Taggart Army Doctor
Larry Thompson Military Police
Emmett Vogan Barber

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Earl Bellamy Asst. Director
George Corey Screenwriter
Carmen Dragon Score Composer
Richard Fantl Editor
George Montgomery Set Decoration/Design
Jack Moss Producer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Louis Solomon Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Winkle Goes to War
1. Chapter 1 [10:38]
2. Chapter 2 [8:51]
3. Chapter 3 [10:30]
4. Chapter 4 [9:41]
5. Chapter 5 [11:23]
6. Chapter 6 [9:18]
7. Chapter 7 [9:37]
8. Chapter 8 [9:26]

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