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The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 29 December 1960 (USA)
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of ... See full summary »

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Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
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Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
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Patterson
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Capt. McClung
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Josh Davidson
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Radioman 2nd Class A.J. 'Sparks' Sparks
Patricia Driscoll ...
Maggie
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Chief Mate Jack MacCarthy
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Lt. Dennis M. Foster
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Seaman J. Johnson
Joseph Gallison ...
'Cameo' (as Joe Gallison)
Teru Shimada ...
Maj. Samada
George Shibata ...
Capt. Shigetsu
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Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives - if only they can get there in one piece. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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WACKY IS THE WORD FOR IT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Release Date:

29 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armeijan hassuin laiva  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Kellin who played the Chief also played this same part in the television series "The Wackiest Ship in the Army". He was the only actor to play a role in both the tv series and the movie. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft flying Lt. Crandall to his new assignment is a Grumman S2F-1, an anti-submarine warfare aircraft, which was in service with the US Navy from 1954 - 1976. The aircraft has markings for squadron VS-33, which was activated on April 1, 1960. See more »

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Narrator: If you remember Pearl Harbor, you'll recall that in the year that followed the Japanese were almost invincible. Early in 1943, however, they were checked. Stopped cold by the Marines at Guadalcanal, the Navy in the Coral Sea, and the Allied armies in New Guinea. This was a period of far-reaching decisions, desperate strategies, and incredibly daring counter-strokes - not the least of which involved two bright young naval officers...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY...................IN THE ARMY? See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
(uncredited)
(c) 1947
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange)
Music by Louis Alter
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Lightweight and breezy...and quintessential Jack Lemmon!!!
23 November 2001 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

This is one of those overlooked films Lemmon made in the early years of his legendary career. It kind of became lost in the midst of such higher profile films as "Some Like it Hot" and "The Apartment", and never truly found its way out. "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" represents a list of forgotten Lemmon titles that deserve recognition. Such films include, "It Happened to Jane", "Operation Mad Ball", "The Notorious Landlady", and "Alex & the Gypsy".

"Wackiest" is a one of those type of films that is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Often amusing and boasting a quintessential Lemmon performance, it's worth checking out just for pure nostalgia!

*** (out of 5)


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