5.8/10
90
2 user 3 critic

A Private's Affair (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 9 October 1959 (Sweden)
Three U.S. Army recruits have various romantic adventures while preparing to appear on a televised talent show.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Winston Miller (screenplay), Ray Livingston Murphy (story)
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Four privates romp their way through occupied Japan while on leave, finding a little romance and some laughs. After it's over they head to the front lines of the Korean War where brutality and death are constant.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Tom Tryon, David Hedison, Tom Reese
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

West Point graduate Lt. Hazard is posted to Fort Delivery, Arizona, where he has to deal with lax discipline, romantic complications, Apaches and his conflicting feelings toward the Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane McBain
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Based on the Saturday Evening Post serial "Set Up For Murder" by Richard Stern, 12 Hours to Kill traces the problems of a young Greek national (Nico Minardos) who, after ogling a murder, is... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Nico Minardos, Barbara Eden, Grant Richards
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Marcia Henderson, Peter Walker, Katherine Barrett
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After inadvertently stopping an Indian attack on his stagecoach while traveling in the American West, an English gentleman finds himself appointed sheriff of a nearby town.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Kenneth More, Jayne Mansfield, Robert Morley
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis
Sea Devils (1953)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Gilliat,a fisherman/smuggler is in jail, and is offered a pardon, if he undertakes a mission to sail to France to rescue Douchette, an English agent, whose cover has been blown,and who has now been jailed. Gilliat accepts the challenge.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Rock Hudson, Maxwell Reed
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, taking a safer route to the U.S. border in order to stop invading hostile Indians.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, John Rodney
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In New York, a disco hostess is stalked by a sexual predator and she requests help from a vice squad detective who takes a personal interest in the case.

Director: Joseph Cates
Stars: Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Clark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington in television's Dynasty series, Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The... See full summary »

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava
Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sal Mineo ... Luigi J. Maresi
Christine Carère ... Marie
Barry Coe ... Jerry Morgan
Barbara Eden ... Sgt. Katie Mulligan
Gary Crosby ... Mike Conroy
Terry Moore ... Louise Wright
Jim Backus ... Jim Gordon
Jessie Royce Landis ... Elizabeth T. Chapman
Robert Burton ... Gen. Charles E. Hargrave
Alan Hewitt ... Maj. R.C. Hanley
Bob Denver ... MacIntosh
Tige Andrews ... Sgt. Pickerell
Ray Montgomery ... Capt. Hickman
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Leyden
Debbie Joyce Debbie Joyce ... Magdalena
Edit

Storyline

Three U.S. Army recruits have various romantic adventures while preparing to appear on a televised talent show.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Alokkaat ahdingossa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Bob Denver. See more »

Quotes

Mike Conroy: How come a cute little chick like you joined the army?
Sgt. Katie Mulligan: I didn't look good in a sack dress.
See more »

Soundtracks

If You're Willing to Be Mine
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ten seconds of the Volantes
8 February 2003 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

"A Private's Affair" is a 'musical' in only the most charitable sense of the term. If one song performed over and over throughout a feature-length movie is enough to make that movie a 'musical', then "A Private's Affair" qualifies. During the opening credits, we hear a song called "It's the Same Old Army". It's a pleasant song, with a brisk tune and a decent lyric. You'll be hearing it again, later. And later. And later still.

Luigi (Sal Mineo) is an Army private with a chip on his shoulder and some personal problems. He's also a talented jazz drummer (Mineo does his own drumming in this movie), but the Army offers few outlets for this ability. His best buddy is Mike Conroy (Gary Crosby, playing his role in the easy-going manner that made his father Bing a star).

One morning, Luigi and Mike and two other grunts are assigned to unload heavy sacks of potatoes. While doing this, they improvise a song called "It's the Same Old Army", and they heave the sacks back and forth while singing this song. It's a pleasant song, but we've already heard them sing it during the opening credits, so the song is already a reprise the first time they perform it. Still, the number is well-staged, with the PFCs lugging heavy sacks up and down in time to the music while they sing. The lyric is interesting: it describes army life irreverently without actually being disrespectful. Of course, it's implausible that four guys are all able to improvise the same song, with tune and lyric falling perfectly into place, but...

Word gets out to the base commander, who decides that the four squaddies should warble their ditty on a nationwide TV show. (Ah, the Army!) Quick as you can say 'ten-hut!', our lads are packed off to New York City to perform on a live broadcast. But, um, well, y'see, Private Luigi has a lot of personal problems, and he's going to throw away his big break (and the big break for his three buddies) because he needs to go somewhere and sulk, and darkly brood. Or maybe he won't throw away his big break after all. Which will it be?

Who cares? The song 'It's the Same Old Army' is performed over and over, with less variation and less imagination each time it's reprised. Several good performers in the cast list (Barbara Eden, Jim Backus, Jessie Royce Landis) have nothing to do.

"A Private's Affair" is one of those annoying and unconvincing military-themed movies in which a commanding officer, in charge of thousands of men, spends all his time trying to resolve the personal problems of one disaffected inductee. Other examples of this dismal sub-genre are "Thousands Cheer" and "Buck Privates" (the dull subplot with Lee Bowman, not the brilliant comedy sequences with Abbott & Costello).

I sought out "A Private's Affair" only because the great director Raoul Walsh made it, and I want to see as many Walsh films as I can. I was disappointed. Walsh appears to have phoned in his efforts here, bringing nothing to the pacing and characterisation of this film. Mineo and Gary Crosby were heart-throbs for teenage girls at this time: I suspect that the executives at 20th Century-Fox decided that this movie would be a big hit purely on the strength of Mineo's and Crosby's presence, without requiring a decent script or a good score. (They were probably right.)

I did enjoy one brief scene near the climax of the film, when we see the novelty act which goes on the TV show just before Crosby's quartet. This act consists of two guys who ride unicycles and chuck Indian clubs at each other while wearing silly hats and blowing bubble pipes. **WHILE** they're juggling the Indian clubs and riding the unicycles, each one grabs the other guy's hat and bubble pipe and transfers them to his own head and mouth ... and they keep doing all of these things simultaneously. It's an astonishing act, and unfortunately it only appears on screen for about ten seconds. This novelty act is consists of two guys named Scott Beldin and Don Thompson, who performed together for a while as the Volantes, but who also made at least one appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show while billed as the Martin Brothers. I wish that "A Private's Affair" had featured much more footage of the Volantes, and much less footage of the bathetic plot involving Sal Mineo. I'll rate "A Private's Affair" 2 points out of 10.


13 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed