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No Time for Sergeants


Andy Griffith ("Matlock," "The Andy Griffith Show") and Myron McCormick repeat their roles from Ira Levin's hit Broadway play. It's peacetime in the Army, but laughter abounds as a hayseed private and his harried sergeant stage their own private

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- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006

Fresh: No Time For Sergeants is ripe for re-discovery by a new generation, and ripe for re-visiting by those who remember it fondly.

- Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Silly little comedy walks a fine line between charm and idiocy. What puts it over is the performances and the script full of humourous lines. Myron McCormick is wonderfully flustered as Sgt.King and Andy Griffith plays the simpleton Will Stockdale with just the right amount of innocence so he does't come across as a buffoon just a not very clever, naive but good hearted bumpkin. Nick Adams is also highly enjoyable as Andy frustrated buddy. Don Knotts only has one scene but he steals it.

- jjnxn, Friday, August 12, 2011

4 stars

Hysterically funny.

- threefolddado, Thursday, July 17, 2008

3 stars

Andy Griffith rose to fame through his early comedic albums (such as his hilarious description of the game of football) and his performance in the teleplay "No Time For Sergeants", a role he returned to on Broadway and then this feature length film version from 1958. Griffith is funny as the happy-go-lucky but not too bright Will Stockdale, a country boy drafted into the US Air Force. Griffith is great in the lead, and you can see why he became popular enough to garner his own TV series...and if you watch the early episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" you can see that Griffith is playing Stockdale and his persona from his records a bit, before toning it down to become the best straight man in sitcom history. Don Knotts also has a small role in the film, but a memorable one.

- kenscheck, Sunday, September 23, 2012