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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
Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
Chips Rafferty ...
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Josh Davidson
Radioman 2nd Class A.J. 'Sparks' Sparks
Patricia Driscoll ...
Chief Mate Jack MacCarthy
Lt. Dennis M. Foster
Alvy Moore ...
Seaman J. Johnson
Joseph Gallison ...
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Teru Shimada ...
Maj. Samada
George Shibata ...
Capt. Shigetsu


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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Release Date:

29 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armeijan hassuin laiva  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


In the scene where the Japanese reconnaissance plane photographs the ship, he uses an American made Graflex K-20 aerial camera. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Referenced in My Fellow Americans (1996) See more »


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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Fans of Lemmon should not miss this one!
14 March 2002 | by (Lawrence, KS) – See all my reviews

It's too bad Hollywood stopped making war flicks like this one. They were much more enjoyable than the kind of hand-wringing performances you see nowadays. Lemmon took a break from chewing the scenery in the classics "Some Like It Hot" and "The Great Race" and returned to a more straight-man character of the kind he played in Mister Roberts. Although Lemmon is, as usual, great, the movie suffers somewhat from a bland supporting cast and the insufferable Ricky Nelson, whose acting is as wooden as it was in "Rio Bravo." Although slow to get going, the movie eventually takes off and maintains a robust pace to the conclusion. Note that TV showings tend to trim this one heavily, so if you see it sitting in the bargain bin, be sure to pick it up!

For fans of Lemmon or the genre only!

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