While on my military comedy theme, here's one that I really liked, though it probably wasn't as good as I thought. It's also as much a drama as a comedy, with a sentimental ending.
The casting of the top-billed McQueen and Gleason is interesting, since McQueen plays the exuberant balls-to-the wall guy and Gleason underplays his own role. McQueen is the not-too-bright hick, a schemer who hates the army and can't wait to get out. Gleason's the staid career guy. The movie's really a buddy film about their relationship as much as it's about anything. The wild plotting of a military comedy like Wake Me When It's Over is absent. There's not much of a plot at all.
And speaking of casting, Tuesday Weld is really good in this, as she was in a lot of things. Her relationship with Gleason is very well done.
I don't know how well the ending would work now, but I thought it was pretty cool 50-something years ago. I bought the book shortly after seeing the movie and immediately became a William Goldman fan. I checked Netflix, and the movie's not available through that service. Too bad, as it's another one I'd really like to see again.