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No Time for Sergeants

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
4 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
October 2000
IMDB Name:
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
Mervyn LeRoy
MPAA Rating:
Unrated (predates MPAA ratings)

Gentle Giant

I don't know if it's the way they filmed him, or the contrast with the way he looked on television, but Andy Griffith looks quite tall in No Time for Sergeants. He demonstrates excellent timing for physical comedy in spite of what appears to be a difficult body to coordinate. Griffith's cheery demeanor is well suited to Will Stockdale, a straight man whose misadventures are always amusing, even if a bit predictable.

Crushed Underfoot

Will causes no lack of trouble for those around him, and the cast is packed with doozies. Don Knotts cranks his voice up a register or two to express exasperation as one of Will's evaluators. James Millhollin has a terrific bit as a psychologist whose questions are deftly parried by an apparent simpleton. I also enjoyed Myron McCormick as Will's sergeant. McCormick is the eye of believability in a storm of silliness, and that's not easy with this kind of material.

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