Movie Poll: What’s Your Favorite Military Comedy?

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  • ron

    Stalag 17 categorized as a comedy? It is a great classic but not as a comedy. Kelly’s Heroes is an action war has somehumor in it, but it is not a comedy. Mr. Roberts is a great movie with some humor but it was not intended to be viewed as a comedy. MASH and Stripes on the other hand were outright comedies even with some serious backdrops. A little more thought should be put into what is nominated!

  • Frank Ochsenfeld

    You left out “I Was A Male Warbride” starring Cary Grant. I alsso agree that Mr Roberts, Stalag 17, and Kelly’s Heroes were not comidies.

  • mike jaral

    to bad you did not list in your poll the hargrove movies(2). these were truly funny. also cary grant, I was a male war bride. if this was a classic pole, you should list more of the older classics.

  • Brett Prather

    What about “Buck Privates” ?

  • lgaide

    You should have left out Kelly’s Heros, Stalag 17 and Mr. Roberts. On the other hand, where’s Father Goose?

  • jackie

    father goose with cary grant and leslie caron is one of my


  • Craig Michaels

    Where is the spot for “Keep em Flying,” Abbott & Costello – This should have been on the list to Vote…

  • em

    The Americanization of Emily.

  • Rufnek

    Henry Fonda and James Cagney delivered serious performances in Mr. Roberts, with Jack Lemmon as the one buffoonish character. The idea of a spy planted with the prisoners and Otto Preminger as the camp commandant kept the laughs few in Stalag 17, which, incidentally, was written by a former flyer who had been a POW.

    Kelly’s Heroes was not funny–heck it wasn’t even entertaining. As for MASH, I liked the book, liked the TV series, hated the movie. I can take just so much of Donald Southerland in one setting (he was OK as a non-comic supporting character in The Eagle Has Landed).

    Catch-22 was a great black comedy novel, but Buck Henry’s screenplay sucked swamp water. Very unfunny.

    Duck Soup is a great comedy, but not much of a war and that only at the end of the picture.

    Of the remaining four films, Stripes and No Time for Sergeants are not “war” comedies at all, as they take place in the peacetime military. Still No Time for Sergeants is a very funny film, so it got my vote. Can’t believe you came up with a list of “war comedies” that didn’t include Dr. Strangelove, which had both war and comedy in large measures.

  • Rufnek

    Other unlisted war comedies: The British “How I Won the War,” a non-sensical farce that among others starred John Lennon. Also The Wakkiest Ship in the Army starring Jack Lemmon and Rick Nelson.

  • inisamot

    What about “What did you do in the War, Daddy?” and although technically not a ‘war’ comedy it certainly played in that vernacular – “The Russians are coming, The Russians are Coming”

  • Dennis Harrington

    Hail the Conquering Hero

  • Barbara Lamb

    What about “The Mouse That Roared”? A wonderful satire with Peter Sellers in 3 roles.

  • Al Hooper

    Good for the readers who remembered “Buck Privates.” The list of so-called war comedies was hardly complete without it.
    – Al Hooper

  • Hank

    I’ll second Inisamot’s nomination of “What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?”, a hysterically funny but inexplicably neglected movie. It’s obvious from this list that the topic was not limited to movies set in WWII. If it also is not limited to 20th century wars, the Buster Keaton silent classic, “The General” is a major contender. Getting back to the last century, “Wake Me When It’s Over,” with the late, great Ernie Kovacs, should have been on the list. And, though I’m not as fond of “King of Hearts” as many are, that cult film belongs on the list more than “Stalag 17″ or “Kelly’s Heroes.”

  • Mike Price

    It was back in the 50′s. But what about “Onionhead”. One of the few movies ever made about the U.S.Coast Guard, and a true comedy.


    Thats comedy at its best

  • Eddie

    The best was,Buck Privates

  • Guy

    I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned “The Dirty Dozen”. It is at least as much of a comedy as some of the others listed, and includes a few classic comic moments, especially Donald Sutherland’s impersonation of a General inspecting the troops.

  • Pat

    I voted for Mr. Roberts but it was a tossup between that and Mash. When someone mentioned I Was A Male War Bride – that was it! I laughed so much my sides hurt on that one plus it was based on a true story. Comedy does not have to be slap-stick to be comedy. With Mr.Roberts it was the characters – like the drunk sailor who brought in the goat named “Property of….”

  • Andrew

    Didn’t anyone ever see “The Last Detail” (1973) with Jack Nicholson? It also starred Otis Young,
    Randy Quaid and Carol Kane. It was directed by
    the late Hal Ashby. Funny movie but, a lot
    of *#@!!* language.

  • Ehrlich 606

    Agree Stalag 17 was not funny. Father Goose should have been in the list as well as “What Did You Do In The War Daddy? Do not remenber the movie title but Laurel and Hardy made one where Stan got left behind the lines for 20 years after WWI ended.

  • Ehrlich 606

    This is a comment as a guest. Have been trying to locate a VHS or DVD of the British movie “The Blue Lagoon” 1949 with Jean Simmons. It was well done and must be available somewhere.

  • Gary Cahall

    Ehrlich 606, the Laurel & Hardy film with Stan left guarding his post for 20 years was Block-Heads, a 1938 Hal Roach comedy that, unfortunately, is not currently available on DVD. Similarly, the 1949 version of The Blue Lagoon has never been out on home video on this side of the Atlantic.

  • Version

    Hmmm Stalag & Mr Roberts?? Does “Start the Revolution without me” count? “Wake me when its over” belongs on the list. Good choice about The General.

    Ensign Pulver – although maybe not even a 2.5 star movie. Dr. Strangelove (more multi-Sellers) – Cold War anyway – we must preserve our precious bodily fluids!

  • Laura Ann Scaife

    What about “Inchon”, the worst military comedy/disaster flick of all time?

  • Mark

    Kelly’s Heroes is the greatest, most underrated World War Two movie ever made! Also the first (long before Saving Private Ryan) to try andre-create the armor of the period, like the Tiger Tanks built from T-34 chassis. Awesome movie.

  • Rufnek

    Meant to mention Onionhead earlier–a funny comedy starring Andy Griffith that was set in WWII. The General is one of the greatest war comedies ever. And Wake Me When It’s Over was a good choice too.

    A couple of other contenders–Teahouse of the August Moon, like Wake Me When It’s Over, set in occupied Japanese territory at the end of WWII. Capt. Newman, MD, with Gregory Peck as an Air Force psychiatrist trying to put back together the shattered minds of Air Force veterans during WWII, with Tony Curtis as more patient than corpsman, with terrific performances by Eddie Albert as one patient with whom Newman fails, and Robert Duval and Bobbie Darin (in an Oscar-nominated role)as two with whom he succeeds. An extremely funny film that at times will bring tears to your eyes–and not just from laughing. Not quite as meaningful but funny in it’s own right, Rally Round the Flag, with Paul Newman as a PR man who is reactivated back into the military to act as liasion and build good will on behalf of an Army rocket base being build near the small New England town where he and real-life wife Joanne Woodward live and where she heads the opposition to ban the rocket base. Jack Carson is the hardline military officer who hates civilian “feather merchants” and the local high school boys oppose the young enlisted men who are competing for local girls. The GIs are led by a Southern singer of the Elvis mold.

  • John

    The best military movie or TV show was SGT.BILKO with Phil Silvers. He was truly one of a kind. A funny man with a near manic personality and always a fast, funny line. God bless your spirit Phil…

  • Robert Payne

    Many of these movies are not comedies ,though they were great movies.The best war time comedy was by far “Good Morning Vietnam “

  • Gordon Moore

    I would list a couple of Woody Allen comedies, “Bananas” and “Love and Death”, although neither were about American wars. “Bananas” was a spoof on Latin American revolutions, while “Love and Death” (the funnier of the two, in my opinion) was a parody on “War and Peace”.

  • Rick

    I agree, what about Buck Privates was a great movie, but I guess with all the other ones out there, some had to get left off the list. As for Kelly’s Heroes, that was not an action movie with a little bit of comedy, it was a comedy with a little bit of action. Every character in the movie is a caricature. I guess we have gotten so used to lampooning the military in today’s day and age that we can’t tell the difference anymore. Kelly’s Heroes was a comedy and for my money the best comedy/satire.

  • Bob

    Abbott & Costello’s “Buck Privates” and “Keep ‘Em Flying” can’t be overlooked. “Buck Privates” is just as enjoyable now as in original release.

  • Steve Fortes

    How about Private Benjamin?

  • Bandyman

    My two favorite war comedies are “what did you do in the war daddy?” and “Tea house of the August Moon” Harry Morgan as Crazy Major Potts in the catacombs and Marlon Brando as a native brandy maker learning the American way are examples of comedy at it’s finest.

  • Version

    I forgot to mention Biloxi Blues – has some great material in it.

  • Captain John

    I really think Don’t Go Near The Water is the best military comedy with Glen Ford

  • g linscott

    A favorite is Secret Of Santa Vittoria, also Desparate Journey deserves a mention, Ronald Reagan’s double talk is priceless. Buster Keaton firing the railroad-mortar in The General is one of the funniest scenes of all time.

  • danny

    You should have included John Lennon’s “How I Won the War.”

  • Tlynette

    “Pat says: “August 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm: I voted for Mr. Roberts ….When someone mentioned I Was A Male War Bride – that was it! I laughed so much my sides hurt on that one ….Comedy does not have to be slap-stick to be comedy. With Mr. Roberts it was the characters – like the drunk sailor who brought in the goat named “Property of….”

    Amen to that! “Stalag 17″ certainly had its funny moments, and it is one of my ALL TIME favorite movies, but I wouldn’t call it a comedy. Both it and “Mister Roberts” had their poignant moments, too. I totally agree “I Was a Male War Bride” was one of the funniest movies I’d ever seen–Cary Grant KILLED me! The guys in the small roles (Martin Milner in “Mister Roberts,” Jay Lawrence in “Stalag 17″) always add so much to these classics.

  • bachelorsdaughters

    How could you leave out I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE with Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan?
    One of the funniest films ever made.

  • Cougar

    I wish they would put english word’s to “King Of Heart’s”, I have it in English on VHS that I got from a PBS station, it would be great if they got that tape and put it on DVD.a fablous satire on war. maybe if we get enough people they would do that.

  • jumbybird

    Buck Privates!

  • Geoff Feller

    Stalag 17 wasn’t a comedy.

  • BillG in NYC

    Buster Keaton — The General

  • Vann Morrison

    The Private Navy of Sergeant O’Farrell with Bob Hope, Phyillis Diller and Jeffrey Hunter
    The Extraordinary Seaman with David Niven, Alan Alda and Faye Dunaway
    Imitation General with Glenn Ford and Red Buttons
    Oh What a Lovely War, more of a musical satire directed by Richard Attenborough
    Situation Hopeless…But not Serious with Alec Guiness, Mike Connors and Robert Redford
    All Hands on Deck with Pat Boone, Buddy Hackett and Barbara Eden.
    The Private War of Harry Frigg with Paul Newman,Sylva Koscina and Tom Bosley
    At War with the Army with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
    Jumping Jacks with Dean martin and Jerry lewis
    Sailor Beware with Dean martin and Jerry Lewis
    The Sad Sack with Jerry Lewis, Peter Lorre and Gene Evans
    Don’t Give Up the Ship with Jerry Lewis, Dina Merrill, Gale Gordon and Claude Akins
    Which Way to the Front with Jerry Lewis and Jan Murray. More annoying than funny.
    Weekend Warriors with Lloyd Bridges, Chris Lemon and Vic Taybeck
    Delta Farce with Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engval, T.J. Qualls and Keith David
    The Horizontal Lieutenant with Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss and Jim Backus
    The Last Time I Saw Archie with Robert Mitchum, Jack Webb, Martha Hyer, Joe Flynn, Don Knotts, Robert Strauss and Harvey Lembeck
    On the Double with Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter and Margret Rutherford

  • Vann Morrison

    I almost forgot Caught in the Draft with Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Eddy Bracken

  • Terry Powell

    Bunch of great movies listed. One I love, comedy-drama, is Soldier in the Rain, with Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason. McQueen gives an odd, but likeable performance, and I’ve always had a soft spot for this film since I first saw it on tv while I was stationed at Fort Ord back in the late seventies.