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December 1957 (USA) See more »
THE LAUGH OF YOUR LIFE-TIME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Lt. J.G. Max Siegel

Gia Scala ... Melora Alba

Earl Holliman ... Adam Garrett

Anne Francis ... Lt. Alice Tomlen

Keenan Wynn ... Gordon Ripwell

Fred Clark ... Lt. Cmdr. Clinton T. Nash

Eva Gabor ... Deborah Aldrich

Russ Tamblyn ... Ens. Tyson

Jeff Richards ... Lt. Ross Pendleton

Mickey Shaughnessy ... Farragut Jones

Howard Smith ... Adm. Junius Boatwright
Romney Brent ... Mr. Alba - Melora's Father

Mary Wickes ... Janie
Jack Straw ... Lt. Cmdr. Gladstone
Robert Nichols ... Lt. Cmdr. Hereford
John Alderson ... Lt. Cmdr. Diplock

Jack Albertson ... Rep. George Jansen
Charles Watts ... Rep. Arthur Smithfield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
'King Kong' Kashey ... Native (as King Kong uncredited)
Hugh Boswell ... Jerry Wakely (uncredited)
Lowell Brown ... Flag Lieutenant (uncredited)

Paul Bryar ... Lt. Cmdr. Flaherty (uncredited)

Don Burnett ... Lt. Hepburn (uncredited)

John L. Cason ... Seabee Metkoff (uncredited)
Jerado Decordovier ... Native (uncredited)

John Dennis ... Cpl. Donohue (uncredited)
Richard Gardner ... Sailor (uncredited)
Ike Gibson ... Lt. Cmdr. Pratt (uncredited)

William Joyce ... Lt. Boone (uncredited)
Mailoa Kalili ... Native (uncredited)

Carey Loftin ... Navy Officer On Roof (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Boatswain (uncredited)
Tom Mayton ... Yeoman (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Mr. Seguro (uncredited)

David Sharpe ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mike Steen ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Audrey Swanson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Steve Warren ... Seaman Flaherty (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Yeoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
Writing credits
William Brinkley (novel)

Dorothy Kingsley  and
George Wells 

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner  (as Robert Bronner)
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
John Waters .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Kendrick Kinney .... sound editor (uncredited)
Lowell Kinsall .... sound (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (Perspecta Sound)

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Anachronisms: During the sequence where they're building the recreation hall, one of the guys taking part in the construction is seen wearing a Milwaukee Braves baseball cap. The Braves didn't move from Boston to Milwaukee until 1953.See more »
Lt. Alice Tomlen:Good evening, lieutenant.
Lt. Ross Pendleton:Hey, you look ravishing! What's that perfume?
Janie:[butting in] Carbolic acid. She just scrubbed the operating room.
Lt. Alice Tomlen:[chuckles] Janie's incurably romantic.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Money Pit (1986)See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
fluff, but fun, 10 March 2003

This tale of the absurdist goings-on at a public relations office for the navy in the WWII pacific theater is sort of a downscale "South Pacific." The casting and production values are extremely high, but the movie never aspires to anything more than light (extremely light) entertainment. In this it succeeds quite well. The movie is great to look at, and the comic abilities of Glenn Ford - an underrated actor, in my book - are at their peak. No lasting nourishment here, but a fun flick to see - once. Side note - the movie is another example of the superiority of the color processes employed in the 50's and late 40's over what is commonly used in today's flicks.

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