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
WACKY IS THE WORD FOR IT! (original print ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
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
At one point Lt. Crandall (Jack Lemmon
) is playing a game where he plays a few notes on a piano and Ens. Hanson (Ricky Nelson
) tries to identify it. He plays a few notes of "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" and Hanson immediately sings it. The story takes place in 1943 and the song was not written until 1947 for the movie "New Orleans". See more
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...
Opening credits prologue: ALLIED HEADQUARTERS BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA FEB. 1943 See more
Referenced in My Fellow Americans
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
Lyrics by Eddie De Lange
Music by Louis Alter. See more