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The film includes an intermittent voice-over by Andy Griffith as "Will Stockdale." When Will and "Benjamin B. Whitledge" are sent to their first airfield, Griffith faces the camera and speaks directly to the audience, describing their incompetence at gunnery training.
No Time for Sergeants was based on the Mac Hyman novel of the same name, which was a bestseller upon its publication in 1954. The novel was subsequently adapted into a teleplay broadcast on ABC's U.S. Steel Hour on March 15, 1955 and a play by Ira Levin that had its debut on Broadway in October 1955. On July 25, 1955, Hollywood Reporter reported that Warner Bros. had acquired the film rights to the novel for around $200,000. Griffith originated the role of Will in both the teleplay and the Broadway play, which became a huge hit. All of the principal actors from the play appeared in the film except for Roddy McDowall, who portrayed "Ben Whitledge." Director Mervyn LeRoy stated in his autobiography that, although he asked McDowell to appear in the movie, the actor refused. Nick Adams played Ben in the film and received rave reviews, as did Griffith.
Warner Bros. borrowed art director Malcolm Brown from M-G-M for the film. No Time for Sergeants marked the debuts of James Milhollan, Henry McCann, Peggy Hallack and Don Knotts. Knotts (1924-2006) went on to star with Griffith in the long-running TV series The Andy Griffith Show (CBS, October 1960-September 1968). Modern sources add Robert F. Hoy to the cast. No Time for Sergeants was also adapted into a television series that ran on ABC from September 1964-September 1965.