Major Barney Benson (Charlton Heston) is considered too tough on his men and has said some embarrassing things about the army in a magazine article. The top brass decide to put him on inactive status to cool off so he becomes the new commandant of a boys' military school. But the Major is too hard of his young charges, too, until he sees the light thanks to the pretty school doctor (Julie Adams) and a tiny cadet (Tim Hovey).
Heston's considerable charm and comedic talents make this a sweet, feel-good family film. He booms out the orders to men and boys alike, but, of course, has a heart of gold. Adams isn't quite on Heston's acting level, but Tim Hovey steals all his scenes as the smallest boy at school. He was absolutely adorable and I loved his performance.
The movie is firmly rooted in the fifties and can sometimes get corny, but it's still worth watching thanks to the wonderful Charlton Heston. He's ably supported by many good actors including a young Sal Mineo and Milburn Stone ("Doc" from Gunsmoke). This is a wholesome movie all ages can enjoy.
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