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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.

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

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.

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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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