Approved | | Comedy, War
Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy, no one more than Sergeant King.
The original Broadway play was produced by noted Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans, later known for the role of Maurice, Samantha's father, on Bewitched (1964), and as Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Evans is acknowledged, during the opening credits of the film, with the statement "from the play, as presented by Maurice Evans".
Why ain't you dead?
Will Stockdale: No excuse, sir!
[CLOCKS NOT WORKING] When Pvt. Will Stockdale is in the Classification Office getting classified none of the wall clocks are working. The first thing noticeable was the red second hand not moving. The second was the time. When Will returns to the office after spending several minutes seeing the psychiatrist, Maj. Royal Demming, the time did not change.
During a ceremony to Will Stockdale and Benjamin Whitledge, a radio announcer mentions Operation Prometheus, (that Will Stockdale jumped out of and pulled Ben Whitledge out with him, to parachute to the ground) mentions privates Stockdale and Whitledge's names. Stockdale and Whitledge (in unison) each ask saying their last-name Stockdale and Whitledge? The radio announcer answers back "Yes, Stockdale and Whitledge."