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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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Cpl. Berryman
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Pvt. Grimes
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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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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 What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 November 1957 (1957) See more »

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Mad Ball
Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Sung during the opening credits by Sammy Davis Jr.
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Have a Ball with Jack & Co.!
7 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon, two years after winning an Oscar for "Mister Roberts," stars in the tale of Army hijinks just after the end of WWII somewhere in France. It's amazing to watch just how much influence he has and he's not even a superior officer. He's trying to organize a ball for the men before they get back to the states. For many, it may seem like why should we care. But, for those who are patient, it does get better as it goes along. Mickey Rooney shows up in the second half, who always is a "ball" waiting to happen. It may not be Lemmon's best material, but costarring Ernie Kovacs, Dick York, and Arthur O'Connell, it deserves to be seen more often.


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