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1959 (UK) See more »
20,000 Laughs Under The Sea! See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (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)

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 (set decorations)
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)
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

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Additional Details

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124 min | Germany:100 min | Canada:120 min (Ontario) | Portugal:117 min
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Iceland:L | Portugal:17 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19345) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Jeff Chandler was originally offered the role that went to Cary Grant. Grant himself was at first reluctant to take it, knowing he was much too old to play a wartime captain.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman:Subject, Toilet paper. One: on 6 June 1941, this vessel submitted a requisition for 150 rolls of toilet paper. On 16 December 1941 the requisition was returned with stamped notation, 'Cannot identify material required.' Two: the commanding officer of the USS SeaTiger cannot help but wonder what is being used at the Caviti Supply Depot as a substitute for this unidentifiable material once so well known to this command.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Father Goose (1964)See more »


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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
We All Live In A Pink Submarine, 31 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In Tony Curtis's filmed tribute to Cary Grant for TCM he made much of his well known idolatry of the man who made him want to become an actor. As a kid growing up in the mean streets of New York, young Bernie Schwartz saw in Cary Grant all he ever wanted to be up there on the silver screen.

During naval service on board a submarine in World War II he got to see Cary Grant in Warner Brothers Destination Tokyo. As Curtis said, life has a funny way of working things out. What happens; Tony Curtis gets to star with Grant years later in a World War II service comedy that is set aboard a submarine.

Destination Tokyo was not one of Grant's best films, but Operation Petticoat definitely is. Right after World War II starts, Grant's new ship, the Tigerfish is sunk right in her berth in a remote Pacific Island. Grant persuades Admiral Robert Simon to make whatever repairs he can and try and get the ship back to Pearl Harbor for repairs.

Among other things Grant gets is a new officer Tony Curtis who hasn't exactly seen much sea duty, but he's quite the operator. The two develop quite an interesting relationship on the voyage.

And it's one thing after another on that memorable shakedown cruise back to Pearl Harbor. But Cary Grant is as unflappable and charming as ever, though even he seems a bit put out at times.

There are some pretty hilarious moments in Operation Petticoat, the sinking of a truck, the painting of the Tigerfish pink and then having to leave it that way until Pearl Harbor. And who can forget how they are saved from friendly fire at the climax of the film.

Operation Petticoat was one of the biggest commercial and critical hits that Cary Grant had in Hollywood. Coming right after North By Northwest it could well be argued this was the high point of his career.

The film holds up very well today, I think today's audience would laugh just as hard as they did in 1959.

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