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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead
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Stella Papparonis
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'Red' Wildoe
Erin O'Brien ...
Josephine 'Jo' Hill
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Harry 'Doc' O'Neal
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Ensign Dennis Higgins
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Sidney Gutsell
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'Windy' Woods
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Poznicki
Ainslie Pryor ...
Chief Miller
Sean Garrison ...
Yeoman Kaffhamp
Dan Barton ...
Ens. Fineberg
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Lt. J.G. Bennett
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Clark (scenes deleted)
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After his girlfriend Jo refuses to make a commitment to their relationship, Al Woods decides to enlist and finds himself in the US Coast Guard. He makes it through basic training but a run-in with one of his instructor's lands him as a junior cook on a ship based in Boston. At a bar, he meets the pretty Stella Papparonis and while they see each other regularly, she refuses to stay with him when he rents a hotel room for the night. On board ship, he finds that his direct superior, 'Red' Wildoe, isn't very helpful as far as the galley goes but Al proves to be quite adept at cooking. Al learns a lot about doing the right thing, especially when Stella, now married to Red, starts throwing herself at every man in sight. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, life becomes far more serious as well. Written by garykmcd

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coast guard | based on book | See All (2) »

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The Ship's Cook who has the Coast Guard in a Stew!

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25 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The boot camp scenes were filmed at the Coast Guard Training Center, Government Island (now Coast Guard Island), Alameda, California. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie Woods leaves the bar and walks down the street without his cover (what a hat is called in the military) Even though he is happily distracted by his finace'. Anyone who has been in the service more than a week would never go out of doors without his cover. It's second nature. See more »

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Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: Now get this straight - I brought you home as a favour to Red. And you might...
Stella Papparonis: Oh, I married the wrong guy. It should have been you. I don't care what you think, but love me, love me, love me.
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: Get away from me! Other guys have had unfaithful wives but you're not even that. I pity Red.
Stella Papparonis: Al! Pity me!
Alvin 'Al' Woods aka Onionhead: For what? For being a cheap, dirty, little tramp?
Stella Papparonis: You think I want to be like this? Don't you think I'd like to be happy and find love like other women? Don't you think I'd like to be satisfied with ...
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Soundtracks

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by those at the wedding reception
Also played as dance music at the reception
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Better than that . . .
21 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

I think the other reviewers are mostly giving this movie a harder rap than it deserves, and that the 5.9 rating it gets is too low. I'd give it at least a 7.0. While it is not MISTER ROBERTS, nothing else is either, and not having read the book I can't compare it to that either. Rather, it seems to be not only a perfectly good example of fare in the humor-in-uniform genre (people seem to have forgotten just how many, many movies were made, particularly after the war, in that vein), but I found it more believable and less contrived than most in terms of both situations and acting. The quality of the banter and chaff was overall much better than you see in most such films including even A-list movies with people like John Wayne in them. I also found the adult situations more believably adult than was typical in A-list movies for those days. I could get into details if anybody really wanted to, but the bottom line is that I was glad I happened upon this on TV and wish I could get a DVD copy to add to my collection.


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