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The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, 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
Chips Rafferty ...
Patterson
Tom Tully ...
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
Alvy Moore ...
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 | War

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29 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Armeijan hassuin laiva  »

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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

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 »

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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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Opening credits prologue: ALLIED HEADQUARTERS BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA FEB. 1943 See more »

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Referenced in My Fellow Americans (1996) See more »

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Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
(c) 1947
Lyrics by Eddie De Lange
Music by Louis Alter.
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Very Good WWII Film
10 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an entirely watchable World War II film. I say this with surprise, because I avoided the movie for years. I was aware of it as a kid growing up in the '60s - it showed up on "Saturday Night at the Movies" on NBC but I steered clear of it - I was probably turned off by the not-very-good TV series with the same title.

Jack Lemmon is excellent here in a sort of Ensign Pulver sequel. Ricky Nelson, 20 years old (strongly resembling the young Mel Gibson) is pretty good. Nelson was at the height of his fame in 1960, with a multimedia thing going on, consisting of hit records, his daddy's TV show, the movies. (The man had 17 Top Ten hits in his career!)

There's a gritty authenticity to the picture - for example, the sailors sweat a LOT just like they did in the South Pacific during the war. The grit combines with some laughs; this combination works well. (See "Father Goose" and "Mr. Roberts" for additional examples of this genre, drama/comedy-during-WWII.) Mike Kellin is very effective as the chief petty officer. Tom Tully is solid and subtle as the port captain - Tully suffered a tragic fate a few years later, see his listing here at IMDb for the sad details.

"Wackiest Ship" kind of falls apart toward the end when Jack Lemmon isn't around as much; it might have benefited from a few more minutes of Tom Tully. But on the whole it's 99 minutes well spent (it seems a little too short).


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