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 "N word" is used by Irvin Blanchard in the Broadway production to describe an African-American officer (played by Ossie Davis in the original cast.) In the film version, the character is changed to a WAC Lieutenant.
I think that I would rather live in the rottenest pig sty in Tennessee or Alabama than the fanciest mansion in all of Georgia. How about that?
Will Stockdale: Well, sir... I think where you wanna live is your business.
When the General finds out the men are still alive. He comes into the room and asks "Where are the two privates that hold my career in the palm of their hands". But, recruits in the Air Force would be known as recruits or airmen. But, private is a rank only used in the Army and U.S. Marines. There were privates in the Army-Air Corps. But, the Army-Air Corps was changed to the U.S. Air Force in 1947. And the Air Force organized their own rank structure.
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."