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The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 January 1956 (USA)
In this hilarious romp starring Tom Ewell, Sheree North and Rita Moreno, a middle-aged ex-serviceman who plans to re-enlist (Ewell) is shocked to learn that not only did he fail his medical... See full summary »

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Sandra Roberts
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Capt. Barney Sloan
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Henry 'Hank' Gaxton
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Capt. Grace Briggs
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Lt. Sweeney
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Joan Sweeney
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Major Dunning - Psychiatrist
Jacqueline Fontaine ...
Buxom Blonde at Party
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Military Policeman
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Mr. Curtis
Keith Vincent ...
Delivery boy
Janice Carroll ...
WAAF sergeant
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In this hilarious romp starring Tom Ewell, Sheree North and Rita Moreno, a middle-aged ex-serviceman who plans to re-enlist (Ewell) is shocked to learn that not only did he fail his medical exam, his wife (North) has enlisted - and is really making the grade in the Air Force. Unhappy to be a "house husband," he flies to Hawaii to be near her - and also to hatch a scheme to get her discharged. Written by Anonymous

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I Lost My Wife to the Army  »

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Tom Ewell, a decorated WWII pilot, is recalled to active duty in the Air Force. He dons his uniform to report for duty, but it's 1953, and the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947. His uniform isn't "AF Blue" - it's Army Air Force GREEN! See more »

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Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Case of Mr. Pelham (1955) See more »

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Rock Around the Island
Written by Ken Darby
Sung by The Lancers
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The Lieutenant Wore Me Down
2 August 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's a mid-20th century 20th Century Fox eyeful, in Cinemascope with eye-popping colors, sumptuous locations, and the equally sumptuous Sheree North (whose warmth and naturalness, in spite of huge odds, suggest 20th really mishandled her). But the whole comic premise -- Ewell will stoop to any means to get his wife out of the military -- just isn't that funny, and it also makes our hero a selfish, unlikable lout. Add to that Frank Tashlin's usual breast-fetishizing (including the same busty-woman-with-two-milk-bottles gag he uses in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"), and gender roles so prescribed that the sight of a man in an apron is supposed to be automatically hilarious, and it's clear that this is a vehicle running on fumes. Ewell's regular-guy act hasn't aged well, and a nearly no-name supporting cast edges timidly around the Cinemascope frame, afraid to rock the leaky boat.


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