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Mr. Winkle Goes to War

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Mr. Winkle Goes to War
Directed byAlfred E. Green
Written byGeorge Corey
Waldo Salt
Louis Solomon
Based onMr. Winkle Goes to War
1943 novel
by Theodore Pratt
Produced byJack Moss
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Ruth Warrick
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byRichard Fantl
Music byCarmen Dragon
Paul Sawtell
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
July 19, 1944 (1944-07-19)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Mr. Winkle Goes to War is a 1944 war comedy film starring Edward G. Robinson and Ruth Warrick, based on a novel by Theodore Pratt.

Plot

On June 1, 1942, after fourteen years working in a bank, mild-mannered 44-year-old Wilbert G. Winkle suddenly quits his boring bank job to follow his dream, to open a repair shop. Everyone is shocked, particularly his status-conscious wife Amy, who demands he choose between her and his new career. The only exception is Barry, a young orphan Mr. Winkle has befriended.

However, before the situation with Amy can be resolved, Winkle is drafted into the army. They inevitably nickname him "Rip".

He becomes friends with another older recruit, Joe Tinker, who is looking for revenge for his younger brother. Winkle is reassigned to help the supply sergeant keep the books, as he did in civilian life, but he rebels and, with persistence and quiet determination, becomes a mechanic, something that gives him great satisfaction. To the surprise of his sergeant, he makes it through basic training. A new regulation allows men over 38 to get honorably discharged, but Winkle refuses to quit.

When Winkle's furlough at the end of training is cancelled, Barry runs away to try to see him. Amy and the head of the orphanage, Mr. McDavid, find him hitchhiking and bring him back. On the way, Amy learns from Barry that there is more to her husband than she thought, causing her to reconsider.

Winkle and his unit are shipped out to fight the Japanese Army in the Pacific. When he and Tinker are sent to repair a bulldozer, the Japanese attack his unit. While Winkle fixes the bulldozer, Tinker looks for revenge. After shooting an enemy soldier, Tinker starts celebrating, only to be killed himself. Winkle then uses the bulldozer to knock out a machine gun nest.

He is discharged and sent home to recuperate from his wounds. The war hero returns to an enthusiastic welcome from his entire hometown and in particular from Amy and Barry, who show him a new shortcut they have made together to his repair shop.

Cast

Robert Mitchum and Hugh Beaumont have uncredited roles.

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