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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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Ozark
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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Filmed Entirely WITHOUT Army Coperation! See more »

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17 August 1957 (USA)  »

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The Mad Ball  »

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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 Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius (1982) 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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BRILLIANTLY CAST, FAST-MOVING SERVICE COMEDY....
1 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Typical fifties services comedy in which the guys try and get one or more over on the brass. This one has Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovaks, and in particular, a mad-cap, jive-talking high-energy Mickey Rooney each given roles that fit them to a T and its a lot of laughs. Kovaks' early death was a great loss to cinema. Early Dick York and later Kathryn Grant before she married Bing Crosby, She was a wide-eyed cutie and I missed her.


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