Rally 'round the Flag, Boys!

Overview

Director Leo McCarey was clearly past his prime when he made this screen version of Max Shulman's comic novel Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys; still, the film was a success, no small thanks to the star power of real-life husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The scene is Putnam's Landing, Connecticut, where commuter Harry Bannerman Paul Newman is driven crazy by his wife Grace's Joanne Woodward insistence upon joining every civic committee known to man. When the government chooses Putnam's Landing as the ...
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Overview

Director Leo McCarey was clearly past his prime when he made this screen version of Max Shulman's comic novel Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys; still, the film was a success, no small thanks to the star power of real-life husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The scene is Putnam's Landing, Connecticut, where commuter Harry Bannerman Paul Newman is driven crazy by his wife Grace's Joanne Woodward insistence upon joining every civic committee known to man. When the government chooses Putnam's Landing as the location for their new missile base, Grace immediately joins a committee to halt this project-which causes no end of trouble for Air Force reservist Harry, who is expected to be the government's liason man for the new base. Adding to the dilemma is local vamp Angela Hoffa Joan Collins, whose efforts to get her lunchhooks into Harry lead to a dizzying series of recriminations and misunderstandings. Satirical barbs are aimed at military stupidity as personified by thick-eared Captain Hoxie, played by Jack Carson, small-town hypocrisy, and the teenaged "beat" craze. Among the supporting players are Dwayne Hickman and Tuesday Weld, cast respectively as Marlon Brando wannabe Grady Metcalf and nubile high-schooler Comfort Goodpasture !; within a year of this film, Hickman and Weld would be reunited on the TV series Dobie Gillis, likewise based on a Max Shulman novel. Also appearing are reliable comedy foil Gale Gordon and an uncredited Murvyn Vye as Angela Hoffa's neglectful husband. Considered fairly racy in 1958, Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys seems slightly childish and draggy today; one wonders how it would have fared had Leo McCarey been at the height of his powers.
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Special Features

Commentary* by author and film historian Aubrey Solomon; *Commentary is only on selected parts of the film; Animated photo gallery; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer; Interactive pressbook; Advertising gallery; Vintage press release
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • UPC: 024543446330
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Restored
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,240

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Harry Bannerman
Joanne Woodward Grace Bannerman
Joan Collins Angela Hoffs
Jack Carson Capt. Hoxie
Dwayne Hickman Grady Metcalf
Joseph Holland Manning Thaw
Tuesday Weld Comfort Goodpasture
Gale Gordon Col. Thorwald
Tom Gilson Opie
O.Z. Whitehead Isaac Goodpasture
Ralph Osborn III Danny Bannerman
Stanley Livingston Peter
Jon Lormer George Melvin
Burt Mustin Milton Evans
Percy Helton Waldo Pike
Nora O'Mahony Betty O'Shiel
Richard Collier Zack Crummitt
Murvyn Vye Mr. Hoffa
Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director, Producer, Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Claude Binyon Screenwriter
Leland Fuller Art Director
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Loeffler Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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      Language and Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround
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      Main Titles/Putnam's Landing
      Marriage Talk
      Domestic Bliss
      Working Late
      Daydreaming
      Nominated
      Temptation
      Party On
      Discovering Boys
      Kissing
      Chilly Reception
      Mrs. Bannerman
      Banished
      Strategy
      Protest
      Alerting the Media
      Drafted
      Enemy at Home
      Special Delivery
      Joining Forces
      Smelling a Rat
      Unexpected Visitors
      Reaching Out
      Rivals
      Pageant Day
      Secret Revealed
      Reconciliation
      Get Away
   Special Features
      Commentary by Author & Film Historian Aubrey Solomon
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      Animated Photo Gallery
      Restoration Comparison
      Theatrical Trailer
      Interactive Pressbook
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      Vintage Press Release
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