No Time for Sergeants Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

No Time for Sergeants

Mac Hyman’s hilarious barracks novel No Time for Sergeants was adapted for TV by Ira Levin in 1955, with newcomer Andy Griffith as bumptious Air Force draftee Will Stockdale. This TV version was soon afterward transformed into a Broadway play, and then a movie, again with Griffith in the lead. Brought to the Air Force base in handcuffs because his farmer father has been hiding his draft notices, good-natured Will becomes the target of ridicule for the other transcripts. Especially nasty is Private Irvin (Murray Hamilton), but Will is able to forgive him because he knows that Irvin is suffering from some mysterious disease called ROTC. Will’s best pal is hot-headed private Ben (Nick Adams), who wants to be transferred to the Infantry and convinces Will to try for the same goal. Slowly becoming aware that the trusting, naïve Will may prove to be a troublemaker, career sergeant King (Myron McCormick), who wants nothing more out of life than a little peace and quiet, tries to keep Stockdale out of mischief by appointing him “PLO” — Permanent Latrine Orderly, a dubious distinction in which Will takes enormous pride. Later on, King tries to pull strings to get Will transferred, succeeding only in losing his sergeant’s stripes. The story goes off on a zany tangent when Will and Ben find themselves on a crippled plane in flight. They manage to escape with their lives, but all evidence suggests that they’ve been killed in the plane’s crash. Imagine the dismay of newly reinstated Sergeant King when Will and Ben show up in his office — just as the entire base is gathered for a memorial service for the two “fallen heroes.” Featured in a minor role as a “coordination officer” is Griffth’s future TV cohort Don Knotts, while Sammy Jackson, who played Stockdale in a 1964 sitcom version of No Time for Sergeants, shows up in an unbilled bit.

Release date: May 29, 1958
Production Company: Warner Home Video
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Genre: Comedy

No Time for Sergeants Caste and Crew
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
writer: John Lee Mahin
Andy Griffith,Myron McCormick,Nick Adams,Will Hutchins,Murray Hamilton,Howard I. Smith,Howard Smith,Sydney Smith,James Millhollin,Don Knotts,Jean Willes,Bartlett Robinson,Henry McCann,Dub Taylor,William Fawcett,Raymond Bailey,Ed Begley Sr.,Jamie Farr,Bob Stratton,Jack Mower,Malcolm Atterbury,Peggy Hallack,Sammy Jackson,Rad Fulton,Dan Barton,Francis De Sales,Robert Sherman,Dick Wessel,Thomas Browne Henry,Tom McKee,George N. Neise,Benny Baker,Fred Coby,Tom Browne Henry,John Close,Charles Lane,Mary Scott,Verne Smith,Margaret Mason