Review: ‘Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came’

A meandering comedy about three old-time army tankmen in a non-combatant missile base at war with the southern redneck town in which it is located.

A meandering comedy about three old-time army tankmen in a non-combatant missile base at war with the southern redneck town in which it is located.

Main problem is that Hy Averback’s direction and the screenplay [from a story by Hal Captain], both of which have their moments, never focus and decide if it is a comedy, serious drama or farce.

Ernest Borgnine is the heavy-handed southern sheriff. Tony Curtis keeps it lighthearted, but nevertheless convincing, as ‘a middle-aged, paunchy garrison soldier who thinks he is Warren Beatty’.

Suzanne Pleshette, a wise-cracking, self-proclaimed ‘beer hustler’, is very real, and her handling of tough snappy dialog makes her appearances some of the best scenes in the film, especially in those with Curtis.

Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came

Production

ABC. Director Hy Averback; Producer Fred Engel; Screenplay Don McGuire, Hal Captain; Camera Burnett Guffey; Editor John F. Burnett; Music Jerry Fielding; Art Director Jack Poplin

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Brian Keith Tony Curtis Ernest Borgnine Suzanne Pleshette Tom Ewell Bradford Dillman

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