A movie directed by Martin Scorsese
No Time for Sergeants was a 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman, which was later adapted into a popular Broadway play and 1958 motion picture, as well as a 1964 television series. The book chronicles the misadventures of a country bumpkin named Will Stockdale who is drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and assigned to the United States Army Air Forces.
Ira Levin adapted Hyman's novel for a play which originally appeared as an episode on The United States Steel Hour television series in March 1955, starring Andy Griffith as Will Stockdale and Myron McCormick as his nemesis Sergeant Orville King. The play then opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on October 20, 1955, produced by Maurice Evans and directed by Morton DaCosta. Griffith and McCormick again starred, and Don Knotts made his Broadway debut as Corporal Manual Dexterity. Scenic designer Peter Larkin won a Tony Award in 1956, and Andy Griffith was nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actor. The play ran for a total of 796 performances, closing on September 14, 1957.
No Time for Sergeants was filmed and released as a Warner Bros. motion picture in 1958. The film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starred Griffith, McCormick, Knotts, and most of the original Broadway cast (Nick Adams joined the cast as Stockdale's fellow draftee Benjamin B. Whitledge). The film version was a major hit and was largely responsible for launching the careers of Griffith and Knotts. The setting for the film (and later TV version) was updated to reflect the then-current peacetime forces of the 50's and the characters were members of the now separate United States Air Force.