Mr. Winkle Goes To War

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Not really the war comedy its title leads one to expect, MR. WINKLE GOES TO WAR stars Edward G. Robinson as Wilbert Winkle, who, after working for 15 years as a bank clerk, gives up his job and sets up a repair shop next to his home, much to the consternation of his wife, Amy (Ruth Warrick), who tosses him out of the house. In short order, however, 44-year-old...read more

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Not really the war comedy its title leads one to expect, MR. WINKLE GOES TO WAR stars Edward G. Robinson as Wilbert Winkle, who, after working for 15 years as a bank clerk, gives up his job and sets up a repair shop next to his home, much to the consternation of his wife, Amy (Ruth

Warrick), who tosses him out of the house. In short order, however, 44-year-old Wilbert receives a call from Uncle Sam and, though he expects to be turned away at the induction center, soon finds himself in uniform, survives basic training, and is sent into combat against the Japanese. Not only

does he make it through the war--unlike a pair of his "mature" comrades in arms (Robert Armstrong and Richard Lane)--but Wilbert also distinguishes himself in battle, repairing a stalled bulldozer, then using it to attack an enemy position. A hero's welcome awaits Wilbert's return, but he is much

more interested in getting back to his shop and Amy. Released at the height of WW II, MR. WINKLE GOES TO WAR has its humorous moments, but for the most part this is rather serious stuff, reasonably well performed, though it's not easy to accept tough guy Robinson as so mild-mannered a

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