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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 ...
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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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 What's My Line?: Episode dated 8 September 1957 (1957) See more »

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La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Mad Ball and MASH in parallel.
23 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An easy-going bumbling Colonel commands a military hospital, the 1066th. A self-serving martinet second-in-command tries to use military regulations to tyrannize over the hospital staff. A fun-loving conniver wants to give the hospital staffers a chance to enjoy the company of the hospital's nurses while the second-in-command tries to thwart him. If Jack Lemmon and his friends had been doctors and officers, instead of enlisted personnel, the general resemblance to MASH would have been complete. When Richard Hooker's novel MASH was turned into a TV series (after passing through the movies), the writers must have been familiar with this movie. Curiouser and curiouser.


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