LUNCHTIME MOVIE REVIEW EPISODE #22
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In 1965, after a vacation in Greece, Brigadier General Taylor heard Airman Second Class Adrian Cronauer on the Armed Forces Radio Network Europe and did him a real solid by forcing a transfer from Radio Crete to beautiful Sia Gon right at the peak of the Vietnam war. This transfer to entertain the troops in Asia would allow Cronauer to introduce an irreverent style that must have been loved in Europe but would piss off the brass in Viet Nam.
Our hero Adrian arrives in Sia Gon to be greeted by Private First Class Edward Montesquieu Garlick (Who, incidentally, has a striking resemblance to Idi Amin and that Hard Ass cop in the Shield). Cronauer opens his first shift with a monologue which shocks and thrills everyone. Everyone that is accept the station manager and program director who are offended by either Adrian’s irreverence or the fact that he is actually entertaining. Program Director, Second Lt. Steven Hauk nearly passes out when Cronauer spins Martha and the Vandals instead of Lawrence Welk’s orchestra.
Unfortunately for Adrian, Hauks anger does not compare with that of Sergeant Major Phillip Dickerson who declares all-out war on Cronauer. Hauk, at the direction of Dickerson adheres to strict Army guidelines in terms of humor and music programming, placing Adrian in a position of either complying with orders, or entertaining the troops. Adrian chooses the ladder and we have a movie …
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