Adapted by David Rogers. From the book by Max Shulman.
Cast: 15m., 11w. (extras.) When the U.S. Army decides to establish a missile base at Putnam's Landing, problems explode. Lt. Guido DiMaggio, a hometown boy, has been appointed public relations officer to keep open warfare from breaking out between the Army and the citizens. But Guido can't even keep the peace with his fiancee, Angela, a second-grade teacher already in hot water thanks to her "advanced" theories on child psychology. Grace Bannerman, a determined committee woman bent on producing a Fourth of July pageant, forces the resentful town boys into playing the Americans and drafts Guido's soldiers into playing the British redcoats. Then a missile happens to go off in the middle of the Fourth of July fireworks and helps build the big finish for this especially funny comedy. Area staging.