When Willie Comes Marching Home

Synopsis: Willie Kluggs enters the service with hopes of going overseas, but his uncanny marksmanship keeps him at home as a shooting instructor... much to his embarrassment.
Genre: Comedy, War
Director(s): John Ford
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
82 min

- Charley, please get lost. We're saying good-bye.

- So long. Good luck.

- So long, kid. Keep the band going.

- I was only-

- Charley Fettles!

- So long!

They shipped us out to Fort Wayne in Missouri.

And they didn't waste any time

putting us through our basic training.

That army taught us dumb johns

everything from "A" to "Z."

Yes, sir, from "A"-

to "Z."

To the rear, hut! To the rear, hut!

To the rear, hut!

To the rear, hut!

One, two, three, four.

After basic, I applied for the army air forces...

and trained to be a pilot.

I'll never forget my first solo.

Yes, sir- l- I mean, no, sir.

I'll never forget my first solo.

Set it down!

Set it down, you idiot!

Somehow or other,

I just couldn't get the hang of it.

Gunnery was something else again.

It was a lead-pipe cinch for me.

Everybody in Punxatawney knew

I'd been the best duck shot...

since I was old enough

to be knocked down by a recoil.

Just like shooting ducks.

I was up there just leading.

That was the end

of shooting at targets.

No more training.

And when they shipped us out,

we knew this was it.

They wouldn't tell us

where we were going...

but a rumor started flying.

Sarge, if I didn't know better,

I'd almost swear that this was my hometown.

All these jerkwater burgs

look alike.

All right, you guys!

Front and center!

This is where you get off!

- Go on.

- Sarge, look at that.

- Something's screwy. You made a mistake.

- Aw, turn it off, Kluggs.

This is my hometown.

There's never been any Loring Field here.

- There wasn't a month ago, but there is now.

- How long are we gonna be here?

- Not long enough to blow your nose.

- Think the C.O.'d give me a pass?

Who knows?

Listen, pick up those bags!

Get the lead out!

Thanks, Joe.

Cut it out. Nix on that.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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