Pvt. Thomas Noonan and Sgt. Pete Marshall are both vying for the hand of Lili Marlene. After World War II ends, the three of them get stranded on a remote island. Two Japanese sailors, unaware that the war has ended, arrive on the island.

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Pvt. Thomas Patrick 'Tommy' Noonan / Japanese Submarine Sailor
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MSgt. Pete Marshall / Japanese Submarine Sailor (as Pete Marshall)
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Jerry Lester ...
Jerry Mann
Claude Stroud ...
Col. Taylor
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Lt. Pat Sumner
Richard Reeves ...
Bruce - Military Police Sergeant
Don Corey ...
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Rodney Bell ...
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George Eldredge ...
Gen. Bechtel
Peter Leeds ...
Seville Quare
Patrick O'Moore ...
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Pvt. Thomas Noonan and Sgt. Pete Marshall are both vying for the hand of Lili Marlene. After World War II ends, the three of them get stranded on a remote island. Two Japanese sailors, unaware that the war has ended, arrive on the island.

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Absolutely loved this movie
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My mother and I went to see "The Rookies" in 1960 because the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy team had split and Peter Marshall and Tommy Noonan were being hailed as "The New Martin & Lewis". Although they never actually made it to that status, we sat there and laughed until our sides hurt. Even now, sixty six years later, I can still recall some of the hilarious dialog, "The flour's a little lumpy, John." and "Why you break my saxophone?" "Why you break my submarine?" We just loved it, and I wish it were available on either DVD or Video, I'd buy it in a minute. I thought that Peter Marshall and Tommy Noonan made the perfect team. I also believed them to be much better than Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Tommy was funny, especially when he had to go on for the TV chef and he got drunk on the wine, but he never acted stupid.


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