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When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, War | February 1950 (USA)
Willie Kluggs enters the service with hopes of going overseas, but his uncanny marksmanship keeps him at home as a shooting instructor... much to his embarrassment.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Sy Gomberg (based on a story by), Richard Sale (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Dailey ... William 'Bill' Kluggs
Corinne Calvet ... Yvonne Le Tete
Colleen Townsend ... Marjorie 'Marge' Fettles
William Demarest ... Herman Kluggs
Jimmy Lydon ... Charles 'Charlie' Fettles (as James Lydon)
Lloyd Corrigan ... Maj. Adams
Evelyn Varden ... Mrs. Gertrude Kluggs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Mitchum ... Schreves (scenes deleted)
Paul Picerni ... Kerrigan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When Willie leaves home to join the war effort he is all ready to become a hero, but he is only frustrated when his posting ends up to be in his home town, and he is recruited into training, keeping him from the action. However, when he finds himself accidently behind enemy lines he unexpectedly becomes a hero after all. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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His story is taken from Government films ... because they didn't want it !

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Front and Center See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Vera Miles.{Uncredited} See more »

Goofs

When the P38 Lightning is flying, it produces a single radial engine sound effect. The radial engine has it's own distinct sound. The P38 uses two water-cooled twelve cylinder (V12) engines with a complete different sound than the air-cooled radial engine. See more »

Quotes

William 'Bill' Kluggs: Somehow that stop-off at Loring Field began to stretch out like a visiting mother-in-law.
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Connections

Referenced in MASH (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
(uncredited)
Written by Louis Lambert (pseudonym of Patrick Gilmore)
Played during the opening credits
Reprised by the fireman's band for Bill Klugg's first leave home
Reprised at the end
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Never seen it before---And LOVED IT!!!
12 December 2007 | by elskootero-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time at 2:30 AM on TCM and loved it. It was a little hard to follow, not seeming like a comedy or drama, but it showed it's true color quickly, and was great. Dan Daley was fabulous as the somewhat goofy GI perpetually stuck assigned to his hometown, yet wanting to go overseas, and Corinne Calvet WOW! What a babe! And the actress who played his girlfriend-also WOW! The whole cast was great, and the plot funny and workable, once you give it a chance. I can't wait to get this one on DVD, so I can see Vera Miles, another super-babe, in her first, if brief movie role. See this one if and when you can, it's worth the time!!!


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