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Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970, Tom Ewell, Tony Curtis)

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A rivalry is brewing between the soldiers at an otherwise tranquil Army base and the civilians of a nearby Southern town. With good intentions, Col. Flanders tries to keep the piece and uses Brian Keith to work community relations. However, peace is hard to come by with Ernest Borgnine as a beat first ask questions later sheriff. The Colonel organizes a dance and encourages all in the area to attend. But instead of merriment, tensions are even higher. Tony Curtis plays a wise cracking Sergeant who can’t stay out of trouble and soon lands in jail. Brian Keith borrows a tank to release his friend from jail. A rebellious town leader Billy Joe Davis proclaims war against the military with his own private army. Suzanne Pleshette co-stars as the oh so lovable bar maid.

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USA | Cinerama | 113 minutes | 1970

Petty despot Tom Ewell leads a clash between a small southern town and the nearby army base when soldier Tony Curtis is caught smooching with Suzanne Pleshette. Ewell calls out the reserves for an assault on the base. Mildly amusing.

Although Suppose They Gave A War And Nobody Came? is set in the south, the exterior locations were shot in Hudcucha, Arizona.

Director: Hy Averback
Producer: Fred Engel
Cinematography: Burnett Guffey
Editor: John F. Burnett
Music: Jerry Fielding
Script: Hal Captain, Don McGuire
Production Design: Jack Poplin

cast
Tony Curtis as Shannon Gambroni
John Fiedler as Maj. Purvis
Tom Ewell as Billy Joe Davis
Ivan Dixon as Sgt. Jones
Arthur O’Connell as Mr. Kruft
Don Ameche as Col. Flanders
Brian Keith as Officer Michael M. Nace
Ernest Borgnine as Sheriff Harve
Suzanne Pleshette as Ramona
Bradford Dillman as Capt. Myerson
Christopher Mitchum as Alturi
Jean Argyle as Mrs. Calhoun
John James Bannon as 1st MP
Stan Barrett as Green Beret Soldier

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