What The Tunnel of Love was to exurbanite experimentation, this is to the same area's (but additional strata's) excitements...

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RALLY ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS!

What The Tunnel of Love was to exurbanite experimentation, this is to the same area's (but additional strata's) excitements -- when the Army installs a Nike base at Putnam's Landing. The natives, harried by the commuters' civic demands, find an out; the tolerated but despised Connecticut commuters rally round a new community project -- no Nike base; the Italian families have a new sideshow to amuse them. From the latter is Guido, assigned to the new base for better public relations (and on the personal quest of holding onto his girl, a teacher who shocks even the free thinking commuters); among the train riders is Harry, doghoused by his program-occupied wife, tempted and falling for a neighbor's swivel-hipped Mrs.; from the Yankee diehards is rock (and ready to be rolled?) young Comfort; and on the military team is Captain Hoxie who loathes civilians, loves guided missiles and adores the Army, plus assorted soldiers including hill-billy singing Opie. Guido persuades Putnam's Landing to try to be nice to the members of the new post -- almost succeeds until the uniforms snare the girls and the local boys about town get sore; a party, a junior league baseball game, a folk drama end in a donnybrook -- as does Harry's marriage and sex life -- and, with a handy bar, he, Guido, Hoxie and Opie, tie one on that ties them to the missile which just about ties up a Fourth of July celebration... Pretty much fireworks (with a miss or two) this horses around at a kind of bouncy gallop which achieves an unsubtle farce, an incomplete humor and a vacuum of wit which may surprise you with its sense of fun.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1957