While director Ford always included moments of broad comedy in his "serious" films, he was never really allowed to direct an out-and-out comedy until 1950 when he helmed WHEN WILLIE COMES MARCHING HOME. Dailey stars as the first man in Puxatawney, West Virginia, to enlist upon the
outbreak of WW II. The locals, led by Dailey's father Demarest, give the young recruit a huge, patriotic sendoff as he leaves for boot camp. When Dailey returns from training camp, the town throws a huge welcome-home party. Unfortunately, the eager-to-fight Dailey has been assigned duty as a
gunnery instructor at a new air base in his home town. Dailey becomes the joke of the town as he w...