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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
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Pvt. Grimes
Sheridan Comerate ...
Sgt. Wilson
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Jeanne Manet ...
Madame LaFour
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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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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

When Lieutenant Bixby catches Hogan in his lie about the Stucky's X-ray and he is reading her the Riot-act about officers versus women and she has a choice, her little spit curl on the left side is straight and a bit frazzled. When Hogan salutes her and turns around to leave (with some facial guarded remorse), the shot now shows Bixby in the background with her spit curt perfectly replaced and back to being super cute. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 November 1957 (1957) See more »

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Pennies from Heaven
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Played during the party preparation and at the ball
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Fun movie--does this remind anyone of Hogan's Heroes?
6 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reading these reviews were spot on while being simultaneously disconcerting. Other movies were mentioned that had influence on this one, but didn't Operation Mad Ball remind anybody besides me of Hogan's Heroes? And I'm not referencing the fact that Jack Lemmon's character was named Hogan, although this might have been the basis for the TV title.

Although the circumstances aren't quite the same (albeit they are both set in WWII), some of the dialog is exactly as I remember from the TV show. Even the sight gags and the situations are similar. Only things lacking are the Germans and the teapot.

It's a fun movie and well worth watching. I've never seen it before and just can't help comparing it to Hogan's Heroes. Mickey Rooney is a hoot!


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