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Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 1959 (UK)
World War 2 comedy about a submarine commander who finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) sub, a con-man executive officer and a group of army nurses.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Dolores Crandall RN
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Ens. Stovall (as Richard Sargent)
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Robert Gist ...
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Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn ...
The Prophet
Dick Crockett ...
Harmon
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Lt. Reid RN
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Lt. Colfax RN
Clarence Lung ...
Sgt. Ramon Gillardo (as Clarence E. Lung)
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Storyline

A submarine newly commissioned is damaged in the opening days of WW II. A captain, looking for a command insists he can get it to a dockyard and captain it. Going slowly to this site, they find a stranded group of Army nurses and must take them aboard. How bad can it get? Trying to get a primer coat on the sub, they have to mix white and red in order to have enough. When forced to flee the dock during an air attack, they find themselves with the world's only Pink submarine, still with 5 women in the tight quarters of a submarine. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It all started when they smuggled 5 girls aboard their submarine! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas y tiburones  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nurse Barbara (Dina Merrill), the love interest for Tony Curtis' character, was played in the 1977 remake by Curtis' daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Commander Sherman is talking to Captain Henderson they mention the submarine tender Bushnell as being in Darwin, Australia. That is not correct as the Bushnell had been transferred to duty as a Hydrographic Survey ship and renamed Sumner AGS-32 in 1940. The closest submarine tender was actually USS Canopus AS-9, which was in the Cavite Naval Yard. See more »

Quotes

[part of the corrugated iron wall of the Admiral's office has vanished]
Capt. J.B. Henderson: Mr. Sherman, I want my wall back!
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: I'm not sure that we have it, Sir!
Capt. J.B. Henderson: You must have it! You've got everything else!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Final Justice (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Win
(uncredited)
Sung by George Dunn (The Prophet)
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User Reviews

A just sit back and enjoy family film!
13 March 1999 | by (Richmond, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie was made in 1959???!!! My kids just love this movie and learned something of W.W.II, too. Great fun and somewhat hysterical; uh historical. During Vietnam era we had some days as these. A few anyway. The best ones I remember. Kind of takes some of the stress off real war tragedy. Well made and edited. Easy to follow and understand. Can be watched repeatedly. Grant at his usual best with company as "North By Northwest" , "Father Goose" and the like. Great, well made movies the younger fans can understand and enjoy.


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