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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
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Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
Chips Rafferty ...
Patterson
Tom Tully ...
Capt. McClung
Joby Baker ...
Josh Davidson
Warren Berlinger ...
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lysa D'Anjou ...
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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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Booming With Laughter! See more »

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Comedy | War

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29 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armeijan hassuin laiva  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

I believe the ship shown through the window when Jack Lemmon was in the commanders office is the USS CHILTON. The number on the bow is PA 38. The configuration of the ship also appears to be the same as the CHILTON. 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 »

Quotes

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

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) 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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1 July 2004 | by (Belfast, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Saw it this afternoon at home with the kids. Great fun- with a bit of an edge... brilliant for a wet afternoon. Lemmon acts as though he isn't trying and still steals the show. The love interest is interesting and the beleaguered officer who we all feel for is successful in the end. it's one of those second world war movies, like Stalag 17 or whatever that is light and patriotic at the same time.....










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