Cinema: Not Fancy, Not Free


Directed by HAL ASHBY Screenplay by ROBERT TOWNE

It's about three sailors with time on their hands. But possible comparisons to On the Town or Fancy Free end right there. The youngest sailor is on his way to an eight-year prison term for trying to boost $40 from a collection box belonging to the favorite charity of the C.O.'s wife. The 'lifers" (career men) who have been assigned to escort him from the Norfolk naval base to the brig in Portsmouth, N.H., despise their job. No one is about to burst into a carefree song-and-dance number in the course of...

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