No Time for Sergeants (1958): Comedy Starring Andy Griffith and Don Knotts

Produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy, No Time for Sergeants is a comedy starring Andy Griffith, and featuring some members of the original Broadway cast, such as Myron McCormick and Don Knotts. (The play itself was based on a novel).

Griffith plays Will Stockdale, a Georgia backwoods rube, drafted into the US Air Force. He is joined in training by the dim and unhappy Ben Whitledge (Nick Adams),  who favors the infantry where his six brothers served, and obnoxious bully Irving S. Blanchard (Murray Hamilton).

At boot camp, Stockdale locks horns with Master Sergeant Orville C. King (Myron McCormick), who wants his barracks to be quiet and orderly. In exasperation, the sergeant places Stockdale on full-time latrine duty. Stockdale believes his new position of “P.L.O.” (Permanent Latrine Orderly) to be a promotion.

Rushing him through testing, King bribes Stockdale by promising to give him his wristwatch if he can pass. Stockdale takes a dexterity test from Corporal John C. Brown (Don Knotts), a psychiatric test from Maj. Royal B. Demming (James Millholling), and an eye exam.

He gets by after driving them all crazy and earns the wristwatch as a reward.



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