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Operation Mad Ball (1957)

In post-WW2 France, U.S. Army hospital private Hogan and Captain Locke try to outwit one another on issues such as wooing pretty nurses, accounting for missing medical supplies, organizing unauthorized dances and influencing their C.O.

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Pvt. Hogan
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Capt. Paul Lock
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Col. Rousch
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Pvt. Widowskas
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Cpl. Berryman
William Leslie ...
Pvt. Grimes
Sheridan Comerate ...
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Jeanne Manet ...
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Private Hogan must raise his ability to scheme and plot to a new level to put on a madcap dance to celebrate the closing of an Army surgical hospital in post WWII France while evading the stickler-for-details Captain Locke - and win the heart to the beautiful nurse Lieutenant Betty Bixby. Written by Rick Munoz <munozrd@mymail.com>

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17 August 1957 (USA)  »

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The Mad Ball  »

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Trivia

5' 2" Mickey Rooney dances with 5' 8" Marilyn Hanold, perhaps an intentional reprise of Rooney's scene in the 1946 picture, "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy," in which he dances with 6' 2"" Dorothy Ford. See more »

Goofs

The x-ray of the abdomen showing the duodenal ulcer is held up and looked at backwards each time. See more »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.28 (1958) See more »

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Let's Fall in Love
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Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Pvt. Hogan is getting arrested
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Post-WWII service comedy with privates chasing nurses...not many original jokes
23 January 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

At a U.S. Army Medic Outpost in 1945 France, the wily Captain is outwitted by the ringleader of the private recruits. Arthur Carter, adapting his own play with support from Jed Harris and--of all people--Blake Edwards, starts things off brightly, but soon becomes mired in juvenile hijinks and sex-minded mischief. The privates hope to renovate a rundown French hotel in time for a secret dance between the soldiers and the nurses, all the while keeping Captain Ernie Kovacs in the dark. Kovacs does a great job at acting the buffoon, though his character, written without any dimensions, is all on one-note. We've seen these military tricks before (and since). Still, Kovacs manages a handful of bright moments in the first half-hour, easily upstaging Jack Lemmon and a well-chosen supporting cast. Richard Quine directed...and also co-wrote the theme song (!). *1/2 from ****


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