“No Time for Sergeants” is a comedy film released in 1955, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and based on a novel by Mac Hyman. The movie follows the story of Will Stockdale, a good-natured and somewhat naive country boy from Georgia who is drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Will’s lack of knowledge and understanding of the military hierarchy and rules creates many humorous situations. He becomes the center of attention in his barracks, as his antics draw the attention of his drill sergeant, the base psychiatrist, and the base commander.
Despite his lack of sophistication, Will’s unorthodox approach to military life wins over his fellow soldiers and the higher-ups. However, Will’s unconventional behavior ultimately leads to his discharge from the army.
The movie is a satire on military life and bureaucracy and features strong performances from Andy Griffith, who plays Will Stockdale, and Don Knotts, who plays Corporal Manual Dexterity. The film was a commercial success and was later adapted into a Broadway play and a television series.
John Lee Mahin, Ira Levin, Mac Hyman
Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams