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The Sad Sack (1957)

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98 min | Comedy

Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, is assigned to make a good soldier out of him. She ...See morePrivate Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, is assigned to make a good soldier out of him. She requests Corporal Dolan and Private Stan Wensalawsky to help with the training. Dolan and Stan both have scores to settle with Bixby and their "guidance" leads to more mishaps. Sergeant Pulley has them shipped out to Morocco. On leave in North Africa, Bixy wanders alone into a bar, has a few Moroccan Delights, which he thinks are malted milks, and becomes convinced that exotic singer-dancer Zita is THE girl for him. To protect him, Dolan tells him some lies about Zita, and Bixby, in despair, joins the Suicide Division of the Foreign Legion. He is kidnapped by a band of Arabian plotters and, guarded by the knife-happy Abdul, is ordered to assemble a stolen American cannon. Zita learns of his plight and gets Dolan and Stan to join her in a rescue mission. Written by Les Adams See less
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Edmund Beloin (screenplay) | Nate Monaster (screenplay) | George Baker (comic strip)
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Nov 27, 1957 (United States)

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Jerry Lewis
Private Meredith C. Bixby Private Meredith C. Bixby   See fewer
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David Wayne
Corporal Larry Dolan Corporal Larry Dolan   See fewer
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Phyllis Kirk
Maj. Shelton Maj. Shelton   See fewer
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Joe Mantell
Pvt. Stan Wenaslawsky Pvt. Stan Wenaslawsky   See fewer
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Gene Evans
Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley   See fewer
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George Dolenz
Ali Mustapha Ali Mustapha   See fewer
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Shepperd Strudwick
Major General Vanderlip Major General Vanderlip   See fewer
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Mary Treen
Sgt. Hansen Sgt. Hansen   See fewer
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Kenneth Becker
Corporal (as Ken Becker) Corporal (as Ken Becker)   See fewer
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Eric Alden
Two-Star Air Force General (uncredited) Two-Star Air Force General (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Ansara
Moki (uncredited) Moki (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alex Ball
Military Officer (uncredited) Military Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joan Bradshaw
Dancing Girl (uncredited) Dancing Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Drew Cahill
Lt. Wilson (uncredited) Lt. Wilson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sue Carlton
Blonde (uncredited) Blonde (uncredited)   See fewer
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Albert Carrier
French Aide (uncredited) French Aide (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edith Clair
Helen (uncredited) Helen (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marian Collier
WAC (uncredited) WAC (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Darin
Arab (uncredited) Arab (uncredited)   See fewer
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Danny Davenport
Capt. Schultz (uncredited) Capt. Schultz (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mavis Davenport
WAC (uncredited) WAC (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Del Val
French General (uncredited) French General (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dan Dowling
Canteen Patron (uncredited) Canteen Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mickey Finn
Joe (uncredited) Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacques Gallo
Foreign Legion Lieutenant (uncredited) Foreign Legion Lieutenant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sumner Getchell
Fat Soldier (uncredited) Fat Soldier (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Gonzalez
Train Passenger (uncredited) Train Passenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Haggerty
Capt. Ward (uncredited) Capt. Ward (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chuck Hamilton
Army Desk Clerk (uncredited) Army Desk Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marilyn Hanold
Sexy Female (uncredited) Sexy Female (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Harris
Man in Night Club (uncredited) Man in Night Club (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paula Hill
Dancing Girl (uncredited) Dancing Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Knudson
Donnelly (uncredited) Donnelly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles La Torre
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hugh Lawrence
Soldier Driver (uncredited) Soldier Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mike Mahoney
Sailor (uncredited) Sailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kathy Marlowe
WAC (uncredited) WAC (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leon Martin
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ann McCrea
Girl on Train (uncredited) Girl on Train (uncredited)   See fewer
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Walter Merrill
Conductor (uncredited) Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Man on Train (uncredited) Man on Train (uncredited)   See fewer
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Man in Brawl (uncredited) Man in Brawl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jacqueline Park
Lorraine (uncredited) Lorraine (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mabel Rea
WAC (uncredited) WAC (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rodd Redwing
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gloria Rhoads
Girl (uncredited) Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mark Roberts
Sergeant (uncredited) Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brunette (uncredited) Brunette (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Salata
Bit Role (uncredited) Bit Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Canteen Patron (uncredited) Canteen Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dan Seymour
Arab Chieftain (uncredited) Arab Chieftain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Court Shepard
Sergeant (uncredited) Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Smiley
Arab Aide (uncredited) Arab Aide (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Snyder
Arab (uncredited) Arab (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anita Stevens
Gloria (uncredited) Gloria (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leon Tyler
Company Clerk (uncredited) Company Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Yvette Vickers
Hazel (WAC) (uncredited) Hazel (WAC) (uncredited)   See fewer
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6 / 10 | 534 votes