One of the greatest movies no one has ever heard of
Jul 17, 2009
I love the writing of Max Shulman. He gave us THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS, BAREFOOT BOY WITH CHEEK, and my all time favorite, I WAS A TEENAGE DWARF. He wrote sex comedies that were not dirty, and that in itself was a great feat. RALLY ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS is one of the best sex comedies of all time. Harry Bannerman (Paul Newman) is a boozing businessman who commutes from New England to New York on a train every day for his job. His wife (Joanne Woodward) is too busy with the kids and doing for Putnam's Landing (the town in New England) to do for him in the bedroom. Enter a lovely seductress (Joan Collins, who really IS a lovely seductress) who wants Harry. Now add the US Army. They want to build a new missle base in Putnam's Landing, so Harry's wife is even busier trying to keep it out. Another complication? Harry is in the Navy Reserve and is "drafted" to speak for the Army against his wife. Sound complicated enough? It gets even better and I will NOT give any more away. You also get to see Dwayne Hickman as leather jacketed rich juvenile delinquent and Tuesday Weld as a teenaged sexpot (well, Tuesday Weld was always a sexpot to me) and Jack Carson as the "lifer" Army officer. This is farce, satire and sarcasm at its very best, and if you know anything about movies, you will recognize most of the actors and actresses as being well above just competent. Great writing, great acting and one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. It's pure entertainment, but so funny!!!!!
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