Joe Butterfly (DVD)
Starring: Audie Murphy, George Nader, Keenan Wynn
The man. The myth. The legendary shenanigans.
In this war-era comedy, a ragtag band of journalists working for a military magazine have three days to put together an issue – and, faced with too few stories and too little time, the gang turns to a shady character for help.
At the end of the Second World War, the editor of the famed army weekly “Yank” magazine (Golden Globe-winner George Nader, Four Guns to the Border) flies across the Pacific with his staff to document life in post-war Japan.
Handed an impossibly tight deadline, they head to Tokyo's black market to search for story ideas, where they stumble upon underworld con-artist Joe Butterfly (Oscar-nominee Burgess Meredith, Rocky).
Butterfly offers the Yank staff an alternative to their run-down offices, setting them up in a plush, private mansion – but the new headquarters, frequented by a few local ladies, are seriously against regulations.
As the Yank staffers – one played by war hero and Hollywood legend Audie Murphy (To Hell and Back), among others – scramble to put together an issue, the sticky situation they find themselves in grows increasingly absurd, and laughs abound.
Release Date: 6th June 2016
Year of production: 1957
Director: Jesse Hibbs
Running Time: 89 min
Cat No: 164464
No Disc: 1