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After watching both "No Time for Sergeants" and "Onionhead", my vote is for Onionhead, as the better film. I like it better probably because of the story. That story is a little more serious, funny, but yet with more depth to the story itself. Thanks TCM, for both films and for you, providing such wonderful classics for us to enjoy.
THE REASON I JOINED THE U.S.COAST GUARD
- EDWARD CARD
OK, I SIGNED UP FOR THE MARINE CORP IN JANUARY OF 1959,ONLY 17 YEARS OLD MY MOTHER HAD TO SIGN FOR ME,SHE TURNED DOWN THE GUNNEY WHO CAME TO MY HOUSE 2 TIMES,I WAS FLUNKING OUT OF COLLEGEHUNG OVER ON A SUNDAY NIGHT IN SPRINGFIELD MA. WENT TO THE MOVIES TO REST AND NOTHING ELSE TO DO. THE MOVIE WAS ONIONHEAD,LIKING ANDY AND WALTER,I WENT. I ENJOYED THE MOVIE SO MUCH I WENT DOWN TO POST OFFICE AND TOLD THE GUNNEY FORGET IT,THE OFFICE NEXT DOOR AROUND THE CORNER WASTHE U.S.C.G.<S OFFICE I FLIPED A COIN LET IT LAND ON FLOOR AND SAID HEADS I JOIN TALES I DO NOT?YES,,IT WAS HEADS. I WENT IN AND TALKED TO A CHIEF MORAN FROM CHICOPEE MA. HE CAME UP TO MY HOUSE THAT NIGHT AND MY MOTHER AND I SIGNED ALL THE PAPERS,AND SHE EVEN KNEW THE CHIEFS MOTHER.WELL OFF I GO TO CAPE MAY FEBRUARY 3, 1959,THE DAY BUDDY HOLLY AND RICHIE VALENCE,BIG BOPPER,DIED. ENDED UP BEING PICKED OUT WITH 6 OTHER GUYS TO BE DENTAL TECH'S(NO WOMEN THEN)ONLY DID 8 WEEKS OF BOOT CAMP, MOVED IN TO CAPE MAY HOSPITAL,FOR ANOTHER 8 WEEKS FOR DENTAL TRAINING AND GRADUATED WITH OUR COMPANY "OSCAR 38" WENT TO STATEN ISLAND N.Y. BASE ST. GEORGE.WAS THERE FOR 7 MONTHS,GOT DRUNK AT BAY CAFE A LOT. THEN WENT TO KETCHIKAN ALASKA BASE. WORKED WITH LT, PAUL J. LOOS FOR 18 MONTHS,THEN BACK TO NEW LONDON AND FINISHED UP IN THE ACADEMY GOT OUT FEB.2.1963 WITH A GREAT 4 YEARS,SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN,BUT YOU ALL KNOW HOW THAT IS. GOD BLESS ALL THE COASTIES, WE ARE THERE TO HELP THE PEOPLE. ED CARD DT3
Nostalgia Plus Good Story
Being retired Coast Guard I thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia of the film. Even though I didn't enlisted until 1975, elements of the CG/Sea Service culture portrayed in the movie were still very much in evidence. (The 20 mm gun unable to aim low enough for a surface target may not have happened, but it appropriately stands in as a type of snafu.) Though somewhat sappy and predictable, the comraderie, as well as the antagonisms were still gratifying. The boorishness of Andy Griffith on the make with Stella, Stella's sexual/psychological conflict, Red's pitiable plight and Andy's decision not to besmirch the ship's and the Old Man's reputations were touches of pathos that endure past the Ozzie and Harriet period to which these kinds of movies are often consigned. No "Caine Mutiny" but I think the (relative) realism, nostalgia and story combine to put it in on the plus side of the ledger. (Closer to $20 than $9.50.) One note: at about 6:30 PM the TCM site described this movie as an adventure in the Navy, even way down in the synopsis. After 8:00 pm when I went back to the site, the error had been corrected!
True Hard to find , Never shown Classic!
I wish I could say I'd seen this film. My dad who was in the Navy told me about it and to this day I have never seen it and I was born in 1956! TCM needs to air this rare classic film!!
I served on the ship in this movie
- Art Phillips
The name of the ship in this movie was the "Heather" out of Long Beach, Calif. I served on the Heather from 1962 through 1964.