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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
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Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
Chips Rafferty ...
Patterson
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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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29 December 1960 (USA)  »

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Armeijan hassuin laiva  »

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Opening credits: Although this picture is based upon fact, many of the characters and incidents utilized therein are fictional. Any similarity to other persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

The closeup shots of the Japanese patrol plane show the 2 Japanese pilots sitting in a Douglas DC-3 (or C-47) cockpit, but the long shots are of a Beechcraft D18 (a considerably smaller airplane). 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: THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY...................IN THE ARMY? 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
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(c) 1947
Lyrics by Eddie De Lange
Music by Louis Alter.
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Landing Chips Rafferty
11 November 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As military service comedies go, The Wackiest Ship in the Army isn't the best one going, but it is pretty amusing.

Jack Lemmon plays a naval lieutenant who in civilian life had sailboat racing experience. Therefore he's just the man to command a sailing craft made up to look like a native trading vessel. The object being to land Australian coast watcher Chips Rafferty in the middle of Japanese held territory.

Lemmon has a callow young ensign as his executive officer in Ricky Nelson and a crew of men, none of whom have any kind of experience in a sailing craft. The laughs come as he tries to whip this crew into some kind of shape before the mission.

Jack Lemmon had just come off Some Like It Hot and The Apartment so he was hot box office back then. The Wackiest Ship in the Army isn't in the aforementioned league of films, but it's still good and unlike the other classics was turned into a television series, albeit a short lived one, just like that other Lemmon film, Mister Roberts.

Ricky Nelson was never the greatest actor going, but he was their for the teenage girl market at the box office. What he was though was a very good singer and he does get to sing Do You Know What It Means to Leave New Orleans which sold a few platters back in the day.

Outstanding other performances in the film are from Chips Rafferty, Australia's greatest cinema star, Mike Kellin playing the CPO of the sailing crew and Tom Tully who seems to continue where he took off from in The Caine Mutiny.

Even today I think cinema fans will enjoy the comedy of Jack Lemmon in The Wackiest Ship in the Army.


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