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Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 19 July 1944 (USA)
Wilbert Winkle, a henpecked, mild-mannered, middle-aged bank clerk and handyman finds himself in the midst of battle in the South Pacific.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screen play), George Corey (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Wilbert Winkle
Ruth Warrick ... Amy Winkle
Ted Donaldson ... Barry
Bob Haymes Bob Haymes ... Jack Pettigrew
Richard Lane ... Sgt. 'Alphabet' Czeidrowski
Robert Armstrong ... Joe Tinker
Richard Gaines ... Ralph Westcott
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Henpecked Mr. Winkle is only too happy to go to war when he's drafted. Later his nagging wife and his neighbors are astonished when he returns home as a decorated war hero. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Mr. Winkle goes to war...and your heart goes with him! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Su mayor anhelo See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Made it's New York City TV debut on 11 September 1956 on WCBS (channel 2). See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(uncredited)
Lyrics by George Cooper
Music by Henry Tucker
Sung by Edward G. Robinson, Robert Armstrong, Richard Lane and Bob Haymes
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Wee Wilbert Winkle
28 December 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Meek and mild Edward G. Robinson (as Wilbert Winkle) decides to quit his bank job and do what he wants, open a "fix-it" repair shop behind his house. Mr. Robinson is married, but childless; he has befriended local orphanage resident Ted Donaldson (as Barry). Young Donaldson is an eager workshop assistant, and sees Robinson as a father figure. Robinson's nagging wife Ruth Warwick (as Amy) is unhappy with Robinson's job choice, and conspires to return matters to her idea of normalcy. Their lives are further disrupted when Robinson is drafted.

The war also disrupts what might have been an interesting story, as Robinson's character struggles against a domineering, unsympathetic wife. Possibly, filmmakers are showing how war can save marriages and positively redirect lives. Robinson and Donaldson are a likable team. Robert Mitchum has an inauspicious bit part. The ending "trick" played by Ms. Warwick and Donaldson is predictably staged.


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