IMDb > Operation Petticoat (1959)
Operation Petticoat
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Operation Petticoat (1959) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 14 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   7,827 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Stanley Shapiro (screenplay) and
Maurice Richlin (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Operation Petticoat on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
18 December 1959 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
20,000 Laughs Under The Sea! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Top talent makes this a winner. See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman

Tony Curtis ... Lt. JG Nicholas Holden
Joan O'Brien ... Lt. Dolores Crandall RN

Dina Merrill ... Lt. Barbara Duran RN
Gene Evans ... Chief Molumphry

Dick Sargent ... Ens. Stovall (as Richard Sargent)

Virginia Gregg ... Maj. Edna Heywood RN
Robert F. Simon ... Capt. J.B. Henderson
Robert Gist ... Lt. Watson

Gavin MacLeod ... Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn ... The Prophet
Dick Crockett ... Harmon
Madlyn Rhue ... Lt. Reid RN

Marion Ross ... Lt. Colfax RN
Clarence Lung ... Sgt. Ramon Gillardo (as Clarence E. Lung)

Frankie Darro ... Pharmacist Mate Dooley
Tony Pastor Jr. ... Fox
Robert F. Hoy ... Reiner (as Robert Hoy)
Nicky Blair ... Seaman Kraus
John W. Morley ... Williams

Arthur O'Connell ... Chief Mechinist's Mate Sam Tostin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Baylor ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Crewman (uncredited)
Bert Byers ... Bowman (uncredited)
Dick Callinan ... Lt. Morrison (uncredited)
Gordon Casell ... Col. Higginson (uncredited)
Malcolm Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
H. Haile Chace ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tony Corrado ... Fireman Lye (uncredited)
Dale Cummings ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Capt. Kress (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Navy Chief (uncredited)
Tusi Faiivae ... Witch Doctor (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Un-named Colonel in Jeep on Cebu (voice) (uncredited)
Bob Gibson ... Seaman (uncredited)
Larry Gilliland ... Sailor (uncredited)
Preston Hanson ... Lt. Col. Simpson (uncredited)
Fred Harflinger II ... Sailor (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vi Ingraham ... Pregnant Filipino Woman (uncredited)
Glenn Jacobson ... Control Tower Staff (uncredited)
Robert Keys ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... Filipino (uncredited)
William Kinney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Lt. Cmdr. Daly (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Adm. Koenig (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Filipino Farmer (uncredited)
John James Russell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Alan Scott ... Chief of Demolition (uncredited)
Bob Stratton ... Marine Lieutenant (uncredited)
Nino Tempo ... Crewman (uncredited)
Howard Venezia ... Soldier (uncredited)
Francis L. Ward ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
Robert C. Youmans ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Shapiro (screenplay) and
Maurice Richlin (screenplay)

Paul King (suggested by a story by) and
Joseph Stone (suggested by a story by)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Rose 
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Ted J. Kent 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert E. Smith)
 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound (as Vernon W. Cramer)
 
Special Effects by
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ray Austin .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
 
Editorial Department
Henri Jaffa .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Lucius H. Chappell .... technical advisor (as Rear Adm. Lucius H. Chappell U S N Ret.)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Paul Frees .... looping voices (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Department of Defense, The  we wish to thank: for their assistance in the production of this motion picture (as The Department of Defense)
  • United States Navy, The  we wish to thank: for their assistance in the production of this motion picture (as The United States Navy)
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
124 min | Germany:100 min | Canada:120 min (Ontario) | Portugal:117 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Iceland:L | Portugal:17 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #19345) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

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." This location was for practical reasons as the wind was always blowing from the aft; therefore, any "offensive odors" were blown away from ship.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The destroyer shown attempting to sink the Sea Tiger is the USS Wren, DD-568, which was not commissioned until 20 May 1944.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Nicholas Holden:Let me go shopping, sir, and see what's left at the market.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman:You, Mr. Holden? You'd ruin your manicure.
Lt. Nicholas Holden:Don't let the manicure fool you, sir. I grew up in a neighborhood called 'Noah's Ark'; If you didn't travel in pairs, you just didn't travel.
See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

Cary Grant---How Much Was He Paid for "Operation Petticoat"?
Chicago Opening Happened When?
Key West---Is that where "Petticoat" was filmed?
See more »
24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Top talent makes this a winner., 6 April 2004
Author: (celluloidrabbit) from honolulu, hawaii

There's really no reason to expect that this easy-going military comedy should hold up so well after almost 50 years. While extremely popular as a Christmas release in '59, it then boasted two top box office stars to bring in the crowds, which most critics agreed were the primary attraction supporting some rather thin and predictable material. But the merits are considerably more than reviewers originally gave credit for, and the film endures as a cleverly crafted entertainment on several levels. Its uncomplicated premise accommodates humor less derived from incident than from character and situation, making it seem far less pretentious than most films of its kind. Service comedies of this period tend to follow a pattern set by MR. ROBERTS, which was based on a hugely successful stage play and quite reverent to those origins. PETTICOAT is far more spontaneous, so even if plot threads tend to be a bit familiar, its the delivery rather than the content which holds our attention. Of course it doesn't hurt to have Cary Grant at the peak of his powers, hitting all the right notes, balancing the role of naval officer with innate dedication combined with his own charismatic charm and seemingly effortless humor, a performance which is both naturalistic and funny. Curtis, too, had found his groove at this point (he had just completed his tour de force for Billy Wilder, SOME LIKE IT HOT) contributing just the right balance of ingenuousness and star-of-the-month savvy to make his `second banana' role a success. But the lion's share of the credit must go to Blake Edwards, then in the early stages of his most successful period as a master comedy craftsman, boisterous yet sophisticated, among the last of a breed of Hollywood stylists on the rise at a time when the old studio system was nearing its end.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (51 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Operation Petticoat (1959)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
McHale's Navy connection paulw-18
Not the best Cary Grant. sherm50
Submarine question curlew-2
Help. Is there ok or clear and crispy coulor DVD out there? Nilgiris
Picture? tedarndt57
A Ferengi Rule of Acquisition? Sean1956
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Crimson Tide Pearl Harbor The Hunt for Red October Tora! Tora! Tora! Australia
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.