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The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 30 October 1961 (Sweden)
Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

William Bowers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Archie Hall
Jack Webb ... William 'Bill' Bowers
Martha Hyer ... Peggy Kramer
France Nuyen ... Cindy Hamilton
Louis Nye ... Pvt. Sam Beacham
Joe Flynn ... Pvt. Russell Drexler
Del Moore ... Pvt. Frank Ostrow
Jimmy Lydon ... Pvt. Billy Simpson (as James Lydon)
Richard Arlen ... Col. Edwin Martin
Don Knotts ... Capt. Harry Little
Robert Strauss ... MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim
Harvey Lembeck ... Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar
Claudia Barrett ... Lola
Theona Bryant Theona Bryant ... Daphne
Elaine Devry ... Carole (as Elaine Davis)
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Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

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Taglines:

He's the Private With a Private Jeep...a Private Stock of Girls...and a Private Joke on the Whole U.S. Army!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held der Etappe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,200,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia

The Civilian Pilot Training Program they were a part of was a real program started just prior to WW-II, although it was phased out in the summer of 1944. A number of famous pilots received their flight training through the CPTP. See more »

Goofs

At about 38:00 Hall and Bowers run into a Lieutenant in the chow line at the enlisted men's club. Officers would not be allowed in the EM club, just as enlisted men would not be allowed in the officer's club. See more »

Quotes

MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: Well... it ain't been over two weeks ago since I read this article in some magazine.
Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar: What was this article on?
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: G2.
Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar: Intelligence?
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: And this article tells how these guys in G2, no matter what is their actual rank, can go around posin' as anything they want. A private in G2 can put on a general's uniform, or a general in G2 can put on a private's uniform, or anything in between.
Duty Sgt. Malcolm Greenbriar: Which do you think it is in this case?
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim: Well... if a man is a private and he has the chance to be anything he wants, would...
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Connections

References The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel Face
(uncredited)
Music by Herman S. Saunders (as Herm Saunders)
Lyrics by William Bowers
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Last Time We Saw Jack Webb On Theater Screens
28 June 1999 | by Michael-202See all my reviews

By 1960, "Dragnet" had been cancelled, and so had all of Mark VII LTD's other TV series. Webb's intention was to do theatrical films from now on. Then he made this film.

"The Last Time I Saw Archie" is a series of comedy vignettes hooked on a true life situation - a stateside camp consisting of "leftovers" from a program designed to train pilots too old for combat duty during WWII. (The program was cancelled because the war was winding down.) Robert Mitchum plays Pvt. Archie Hall, a schemer who manages to convince everyone around him that he's more important than his rank indicates. Webb is Pvt. Bill Bowers (the same man who wrote the screenplay), the buddy who goes along for the ride. During the course of the film, Archie avoids all the mundane duties of military life, finds girlfriends for himself and Bowers, and secures an unrestricted pass and a private jeep.

FACTOID: The film was Webb's most expensive production; it cost about $2 million. It was also his biggest flop, grossing about $1.2 million. Webb would never again make a theatrical feature. Five years later, he'd be back to playing Sgt. Friday.


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