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Operation Petticoat (1959)

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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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Joan O'Brien ...
Lt. Dolores Crandall RN
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Gene Evans ...
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Ens. Stovall (as Richard Sargent)
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Robert F. Simon ...
Robert Gist ...
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Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn ...
The Prophet
Dick Crockett ...
Harmon
Madlyn Rhue ...
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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20,000 Laughs Under The Sea! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

18 December 1959 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Operation Petticoat  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nurses wonder why the toilet is called "the head." It's because on earlier sailing ships, the only toilet was a one- or two-holer that was perched out over the bow - the "head of the ship." See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Holden tells the Marine guard about the "blackout regulations," he says the order came from Adm. Nimitz. If this is set in mid-December 1941, Adm. Nimitz wasn't commander-in-chief, yet. He took command on 31 December 1941. See more »

Quotes

Fox: [comes up the ladder] I found it! I found it! I found it! Look!
[holds up a water soaked box with something in it beyond recognition]
Chief Molumphry: I give up, what is it?
Fox: It's a cake my mother sent me.
Chief Molumphry: Oh, isn't that nice. Take it down to the cook. Maybe he'll warm it up for you.
[Fox leaves]
Chief Molumphry: Mothers. Why couldn't she send us something we need. Like an universal coupling joint.
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User Reviews

Great movie a must for your dvd collection "a classic"
19 November 2002 | by (Somerset Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie was quiet delightful. A classic for the whole family Brought back alot of great memories as a child. Not a war movie for the serious war buff's. Two thumbs up. Glad I found this one!!


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