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The Sad Sack (1957)

Passed | | Comedy | 27 November 1957 (USA)
Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

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Edmund Beloin (screenplay), Nate Monaster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Private Meredith C. Bixby
David Wayne ... Corporal Larry Dolan
Phyllis Kirk ... Maj. Shelton
Peter Lorre ... Abdul
Joe Mantell ... Pvt. Stan Wenaslawsky
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley
George Dolenz ... Ali Mustapha
Liliane Montevecchi ... Zita
Shepperd Strudwick ... Major General Vanderlip
Abraham Sofaer ... Hassim
Mary Treen ... Sgt. Hansen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Becker Kenneth Becker ... Corporal (as Ken Becker)
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Storyline

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, is assigned to make a good soldier out of him. She requests Corporal Dolan and Private Stan Wensalawsky to help with the training. Dolan and Stan both have scores to settle with Bixby and their "guidance" leads to more mishaps. Sergeant Pulley has them shipped out to Morocco. On leave in North Africa, Bixy wanders alone into a bar, has a few Moroccan Delights, which he thinks are malted milks, and becomes convinced that exotic singer-dancer Zita is THE girl for him. To protect him, Dolan tells him some lies about Zita, and Bixby, in despair, joins the Suicide Division of the Foreign Legion. He is kidnapped by a band of Arabian plotters and, guarded by the knife-happy Abdul, is ordered to assemble a stolen American cannon. Zita learns of his plight and gets Dolan and Stan to join her in a rescue ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Regimentstrottel See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Her role as the major in this Jerry Lewis comedy was the final theatrical feature film for Phyllis Kirk. The remaining 13 years of her film career would be working on television. See more »

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Referenced in Loving You (1957) See more »

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It's the Same
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Written by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
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A lot better than I expected.
21 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Aside from a god-awful opening tune sung by Lewis (ugh!), "The Sad Sack" is an entertaining little film. Fresh from his breakup with long-time partner, Dean Martin, the studio instead gave him David Wayne AND Joe Mantell to fill the void. And considering that there isn't any of the usual singing, things worked out just fine. However, don't expect huge laughs from this one--just a pleasant little army comedy.

Lewis naturally plays the Sad Sack--a soldier who can't seem to do anything right. However, a dopey female Major takes him under her wing and gets a couple soldiers (Wayne and Mantell) to buddy up with Lewis and help him through basic training. Eventually, the trio is sent to North Africa where they have a series of mildly interesting adventures.

Like I said above, this is not a hilarious film but a nice little comedy. What I especially liked is that Lewis was far more likable and restrained than usual--without the excess mugging that sometimes ruined his later films. What you're left with is some nice acting, a decent script from this little time-passer. The only negative I noticed is that there are quite a few sexist remarks about the major--a product of the times in which it was made.


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