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
RiCKY NELSON Your No. 1 Singing Star hits the high C's in...The WACKiEST SHiP in the ARMY
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Did You Know?
The song that is played at the beginning of the movie is a comedy song named "The Walloping Window Blind' a.k.a."Blow Ye Winds Hi Ho". It was originally a poem by Charles Edward Carryl. See more
When Lt Crandall is arguing with Lcdr Vandewater in the latter's office over taking command of the Echo, a ship with hull number ARS-38 is visible through his office window. The ship in question, the USS Bolster, was not launched until 23 December 1944, while the movie is set prior to 2 March 1943, the date of the beginning of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, described at the end of the movie. 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...