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Wake Me When It's Over (1960)

Ernie Kovacs , Dick Shawn , Mervyn LeRoy  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ernie Kovacs, Dick Shawn, Don Knotts, Margo Moore
  • Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writers: Richard L. Breen, Howard Singer
  • Producers: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mervyn LeRoy Productions Inc. (Dist.) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00979KQGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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World War II vet Gus Brubaker, redrafted through a clerical error, arrives on a dead-end Japanese island and decides to liven things up by building a hotel and using the island girls as the staff. Don Knotts appears as Sgt. Percy Warren. Presented in beautiful 16:9 widescreen format.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only schnooks rush in January 23, 2008
Format:DVD
The film parallels the book with a few risqué exceptions. What is unique is that even though major actors were picked for the movie they could not be closer to the character description from the 1959 book of the same name by Howard Singer.

Russ is a schnook. Therefore if something can go wrong it will. His wife is into insurance of all kinds. She wants him to get his GI insurance while he can. After she forces him to apply (schnook), he must explain that he has two serial numbers (schnook). When he was shot down over Germany he was presumed dead and needed a second number to get discharged (schnook). So naturally realizing that the (schnook) being in the service only one-day on the second serial number, is called up to finish his time.

He ends up on an island in the middle of the Sea of Japan. There he has a revelation that saves his sanity and that of 400 other servicemen. A plan so brilliant that I am not about to tell you what it is or how it is executed.

In the book the plan cured his shnookyness; in the movie it takes a trial. The cast includes Dick Shawn as the schnook and Ernie Kovacs as his commander and hotshot fighter pilot.

I can relate to this as I also have two serial numbers.

Wake Me When It's Over by Howard Singer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kovacs contributes to this great comedy September 13, 2013
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I had not seen this movie in ages and I was not disappointed.

I first saw this film as a teenager, before I joined the military, and thought it was funny. Having seen it after years in the Army I found it HILARIOUS. The thing is, former Airman Brubaker KNOWS that applying for G.I. insurance is a mistake... he got out of the Army Air Force after spending almost his entire time in a German POW camp. Yet his wife wants him to apply and like a schnook he does. Then, naturally, due to an error that came up when he was discharged the Air Force drafts him and quickly processes him through radar training and sends him to one of the many backwaters that the U.S. military ran during the Cold War.

If you've never seen this film you owe it to yourself to see this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie March 30, 2013
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First saw this movie when I was much younger. Liked it then and really enjoyed it again. Ernie Kovacs and Dick Shawn are fantastic. If you like a good comedy, you will enjoy this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Me When Its Over February 26, 2013
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Never heard of this when I was younger. Was reading about it and thought I would order it. It was exactly what I expected it would be. Funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old one but good movie January 10, 2013
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I would reccomend this dvd for people like my husband who is 75 years old and has talked about how he enjoyed this movie as a ( just left the dutch army in 1956) he never forgot this film, it so I got it for him, He laughed all the way
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ernie Kovac Movie July 25, 2013
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Just another one of those great early 60's cornball movies. Very enjoyable to watch and laugh at. I remember seeing this movie when I was a teenager and loved it then. I still love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ernie kovacs - Man of the future January 26, 2013
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If you like movies with Good clean fun, humor from top to bottom
AND Extrordinary acting...Check it out.

When can we get "Sail a Crooked Ship" on DVD?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FLICK THAT SHOULD BE SHOWN AS MEANT April 6, 2014
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this film was released in 35 mm aspect ratio 2:35 widescreen. the dvd is 1:77 format. that means that the studio was too lazy to give you the movie they released in the first place. what a shame that movies can't be released as they were in theaters. if you want to see a movie with a lot of the visual missing....then this is for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memory, what happened
I wanted to see this again after I saw it one time on the Late, Late show as a kid....
Well I grew up and this slow pacing really disappointed me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael L. Varney
5.0 out of 5 stars my son loves this movie
ordered it for a chirstmas gift becasue he likes Ernie Kovac and his movies from way back. I like that you keep old movies for people to find and buy.
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Henson
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Ernie Kovacs Triumph
Loved Ernie Kovacs, he is so much fun in film! Started kind of slow but ends very well. I will watch it again and recommend it to any Kovacs fan. If you're not a fan, you will be.
Published 6 months ago by Michael J. Thorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw myself in a similar situation
After spending a year stationed in Europe at a base we lovingly called Alcatraz with a runway, I came back and saw this movie by pure accident. Best accident I ever had and saw. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alan Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars Note to aviation enthusiasts
Mustered out in 1946, an ex-tail gunner and POW who owns a Jersey city tavern and country hotel applies for GI insurance at the last possible moment in 1953, and gets caught up in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Refreshing. Reminds me of the old ways in the military. Funny to see how they use to get things done with no funds.
Published 9 months ago by Jacky McCarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember Ernie Kovacs ?
Ernie Kovacs adapted to the television medium with a style unique to other comedians. Remember the Alka seltzer commercial where the guy is having a bad day and the water pours... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Beowolf Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars The Amazon review staff should watch this one
yes, this is a light hearted look at what happens when the paper pushing file must be completed people are in charge in the 20th century. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary Anne Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Been looking for this movie for a long time
This is a classic film Ernie Kovacs make this a gem the movie has a very thin plot and really makes a point that anything the u s government does it does it does wrong thing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by W. tarwater
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