This drama is set in World War II Australia, where an American Marine, Rebel is recuperating from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and is intent on going AWOL and escaping from Australia. He becomes infatuated with a local singer, Kathy and pursues her. Kathy is married and initially is not interested in him, but later begins to love Rebel. Kathy receives a letter advising her that her husband was killed in battle. The local police and the U.S. Military are searching for Rebel as an AWOL soldier. Rebel arranges to escape Austalia by a cargo ship, but eventually allows himself to be arrested in order to keep the local police from arresting Kathy for harboring him.
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The meaning of the title of this film's source play, "No Names No Packdrill" is don't say anything and avoid consequences. Apparently, the first known use of the expression was in an Indian Treaty negotiations memoir in the late 1860s. This treaty was between the Native Americans and Britain in Canada. The wording "Pack-drill" is a punishment given to British soldiers making them do a full drill exercise in full uniform and with a full pack. In 1890, Rudyard Kipling
used pack-drill in his tome Soldiers Three: "Mulvaney was doing pack-drill - was compelled that is to say, to walk up and down in full marching order, with rifle, bayonet, ammunition, knapsack, and overcoat." One of Kipling's poems uses pack drill too [n.b. CB means Confined to Barracks]: "O it's pack drill for me and a fortnight's CB / For 'drunk and resisting the Guard'." Pack-drill frequently meant doing a drill on the double as Arthur Guy Empey in 1917 says in Over The Top: "Then comes 'Pack Drill' or Defaulters' Parade. This consists of drilling, mostly at the double, for two hours with full equipment. Tommy hates this, because it is hard work." The mantra "No Names No pack-drill" elaborates on this, meaning that the names of soldiers who require punishment will not be disclosed in order to save them from that punishment. See more
Referenced in Young Talent Time Tells All
Written by Peter Best
Performed by Debra Byrne
(as Debbie Byrne) See more