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The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 30 October 1961 (Sweden)
Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

William Bowers
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Archie Hall
Jack Webb ... William 'Bill' Bowers
Martha Hyer ... Peggy Kramer
France Nuyen ... Cindy Hamilton
Louis Nye ... Pvt. Sam Beacham
Joe Flynn ... Pvt. Russell Drexler
Del Moore ... Pvt. Frank Ostrow
Jimmy Lydon ... Pvt. Billy Simpson (as James Lydon)
Richard Arlen ... Col. Edwin Martin
Don Knotts ... Capt. Harry Little
Robert Strauss ... MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim
Harvey Lembeck ... Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar
Claudia Barrett ... Lola
Theona Bryant Theona Bryant ... Daphne
Elaine Devry ... Carole (as Elaine Davis)
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Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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He's the Private With a Private Jeep...a Private Stock of Girls...and a Private Joke on the Whole U.S. Army!

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Trivia

Private Bowers makes the (voice over) comment, "And that's when the Vigaro hit the Mixmaster." At the time of the story, Vigaro was a brand of steer manure, and a Mixmaster was a brand of electric kitchen mixer for mixing cake batter. See more »

Goofs

Pvt. Russell Drexler [Joe Flynn] comments on the hazards of piloting gliders in combat: "The whole idea seems to be to try and crash through as many fences as you can before you burst into flames." Gliders are unpowered aircraft and carry no fuel that would burst into flames. See more »

Quotes

Archie Hall: Were you as shocked as I was about the fuss all those guys put up about us getting passes?
William 'Bill' Bowers: It wasn't that so much as it was that we were the only two in our barracks not on that KP list. Several of them were muttering something about "those two no-good duty sergeant-bribing gold-bricks who better not show their faces around there again."
Archie Hall: Well, what makes them think it's such a treat for US to show THEM our faces?
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Connections

Referenced in Masters of Sex: Monkey Business (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Bob Russell
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Jack Webb at his zaniest?!
27 March 2008 | by jozefkafkaSee all my reviews

That rarest of cinematic animals: A Jack Webb comedy...

That is, an INTENTIONAL Jack Webb comedy. In at least one interview Mitchum claimed this was his favorite role, because he "got paid $400,000 in advance". Mitchum plays Archie Hall, a charming con man who's always scamming his army superiors during WW2. Hall was real person, an army buddy of screenwriter William Bowers (played by Webb in his stiffly pseudo-relaxed "Joe Friday takes the weekend off" manner). But Mitchum with his "who gives a damn" attitude isn't really suited to playing a con man -- it's a role that would've suited, say, Tony Curtis better.

The supporting cast of character comics -- Robert Strauss and Harvey Lembeck (reunited 8 years after Stalag 17) as knucklehead sergeants, plus Louis Nye, Joe Flynn, and Del Moore as Mitchum's patsies in the platoon -- come off best, even if Nye overacts quite a bit. This may be the best part Moore ever had (and don't give me that Nutty Ptofessor crap -- Moore was wasted as Jerry's stooge). Too bad Moore never got a career-boosting TV gig (the way Flynn did with McHale's Navy), he was a very talented farceur.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

30 October 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held der Etappe See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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