Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!

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Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!
Leo McCarey, 1959
USA | English | 106 minutes

Leo McCarey transposes the Thirties screwball spirit to the Long Island suburbs of the Fifties, his late-career highlight vitalized by stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as a couple of young marrieds pried apart by rampant civic spirit and Joan Collins’s vixen neighbor. Weld’s jive-talking babysitter is at the center of a standoff between the townies and the newly arrived military (her immortal line: “Kissing is wonderful. It’s you I can’t stand!”). Climaxing with a Fourth of July pageant and a moonshot, Rally posits American history from Plymouth Rock to the Rocket Age as an expression of sublimated sexual tension.

Series: American Girl: Tuesday Weld

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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