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Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! is a 1958 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Max Shulman starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The title comes from a line in the song "Battle Cry of Freedom".

Plot summary

Set in the fictional town of Putnam's Landing, Commuter Harry Bannerman (Paul Newman) is slowly going insane because of his wife Grace (Joanne Woodward), who insists on attending every civic committee meeting. When the government selects their town for their new missile base, Grace joins a committee to stop it.

Harry is made the liaison for the military, and Grace's activities cause him no end of trouble. Added to the dilemma is Angela Hoffa (Joan Collins) whose efforts to get Harry for herself lead to dizzying recriminations and misunderstandings.


Production on Rally Round the Flag, Boys! started in mid-June 1958 and ended in mid-August. The role of Captain Hoxie was originally going to be portrayed by Paul Douglas, but was taken over by Jack Carson after Douglas ended up being ill, according to a July 1958 The Hollywood Reporter news item. A March 1958 item noted that New York-born actor Mickey Shaughnessey was set for a featured role, however, he did not appear in the release. A Daily Variety news item says that in March 1958, Buddy Adler was set to produce the movie, and was considering the film to star Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr and William Holden. Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! first premiered in New York Citymarker theatres on December 23, 1958.


Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! was nominated for the Golden Laurel Awards held on September 23, 1959 and received 4th place for both Top Comedy Female Performance (Joanne Woodward) and Top Comedy. Director Leo McCarey was later nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award in 1960 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!.



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