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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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It's hijinks on the high seas when a U.S. submarine has to take on a collection of female nurses. Somehow or another, the sub gets painted pink in the process.

Stars: Melinda Naud, Jim Varney, Richard Brestoff
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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

18 December 1959 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas y tiburones  »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Hope always said it was his biggest regret that he turned down this movie. See more »

Goofs

Nick Holden tells Matt Sherman that the boys up in Las Vegas would say he is trying to make his point the hard way. Sherman latter repeats this to someone else. In 1941, while it existed and had gambling, Las Vegas was not yet the gambling and entertainment center it is known for. It was a small dusty town that was mostly a rest stop on the way to Southern California. People might know of it, and specially navy servicemen might know of it since they would stop there on their way to Pacific, but it wouldn't have been a standard cultural reference as it would be in the 1950's and beyond. In 1941, Reno, NV would have been a more appropriate reference as it was better known as a place to gamble and vacation. 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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Remade as Operation Petticoat (1977) See more »

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Good Laughs, Interesting Cast
1 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with most movies from a different era, the attitudes are quite different. Feminists would hate this movie, if they saw it today. Hollywood would never make it now in first place, unless roles were reversed and men were made to look like sex objects. That would meet PC double standards.

Nonetheless, agendas aside, there is a lot of good humor in here; the story is interesting, and you get a well-known cast with Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill, Arthur O'Connell, Gavin MacLeod and Marian Ross. The latter went on to be big names on television more than movies, MacLeod on "Mary Tyler Moore" and Ross on "Happy Days."

This was Happy Days on a ship, at least when some attractive women board the vessel. Grant has the best lines in the film - speaking lines, that is. Good entertainment. Lots of laughs before the PC made it impossible to laugh at anything, including ourselves.


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