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Writers:
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Release Date:
29 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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RiCKY NELSON Your No. 1 Singing Star hits the high C's in...The WACKiEST SHiP in the ARMY See more »
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Cast

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Jack Lemmon ... Lt. Rip Crandall

Ricky Nelson ... Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
John Lund ... 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
Mike Kellin ... Chief Mate Jack MacCarthy

Richard Anderson ... 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:
Richard Quine ... Narrator
Phillip Adams ... Crewman (uncredited)

John Anderson ... Sailor (uncredited)
Tom Anthony ... Crewman (uncredited)

Nesdon Booth ... Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Naaman Brown ... Cpl. Goroka (uncredited)
Henry Faber ... (uncredited)
Fuji ... Japanese Sergeant (uncredited)
Clive Halliday ... Australian Major General (uncredited)
Gavin W. Harper ... Seaman (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ... Japanese Pilot (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Shark Bait - USS Echo Crewman (uncredited)
Lloyd Kino ... (uncredited)
Hudson Shotwell ... Adm. Hathaway (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Arthur, Bartender at Kangaroo Club (uncredited)
Richard Torrence ... Horse (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... Native (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... American Colonel (uncredited)
Mose Wilson ... Sailor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Murphy 
 
Writing credits
Richard Murphy (screenplay)

Herbert H. Margolis (screen story) (as Herbert Margolis) &
William Raynor (screen story)

Herbert Carlson (story "Big Fella Wash-Wash")

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... recording supervisor
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Byrne .... stunt double: Ricky Nelson (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Lucius H. Chappell .... technical advisor (as Rear Admiral Lucius H. Chapple U.S. Navy Ret.)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
99 min
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Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Germany:12 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #19722)
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Trivia:
The original name of the boat in the movie was the "Fiesta". She was built in Hong Kong in 1932 entirely of teakwood. She was a 72 foot gaff-rigged schooner and came with a 165hp auxiliary diesel engine, weighed 28 net tons, drew 8 feet of water and could make 7.5 knots under power. She was also equipped with 3 tiled heads (bathrooms), two of them with showers, 1400 gallon fresh water tank, a 19 cubic foot deep freezer, and a 24 cubic foot refrigerator. Prior to the movie the Fiesta was owned by Martin J. Vitousek and his wife the former Beatrice Leiseder. (Source: The San Francisco Chronicle Sept. 14, 1952).See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Several times during the movie the "Air Force" is mentioned. Naval aviation was listed in many wartime Navy documents and was referred to by Navy men as the Naval "Air Force." Navy men would have referred to the US Army Air Forces as the "Army Air Force" or (incorrectly) as the "Army Air Corps," a term officially phased out in mid-1941.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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Richard Murphy's The Wackiest Ship in the Army, 12 June 2002
Author: Charles Tatum from North Dakota

In this WWII comedy, Jack Lemmon plays a young lieutenant who

finally gets command of his own ship- a small sailboat with an

inexperienced crew. Rick Nelson is his second in command, and

the ship must sail. This lightweight comedy is not terribly funny, but

not bad, either.

The breezy feel of the film is helped by an almost complete lack of

plot. Lemmon takes the boat through dangerous waters watched

by the Japanese, picks up an Australian spy who tracks Japanese

navy positions from the jungle, and sails him to the jungle. The

ship is captured, but our heroes escape and return back to base.

Aside from the Japanese, the only other conflict is between

Lemmon and the ageless Richard Anderson, who plays a hard

nosed commander ready to take over the sailboat.

The film works mostly because of Lemmon. He is so good and so

likable here, you forget little things like a romantic subplot that

never pans out. Nelson even finds a chance to croon a song,

giving us a break from the loud, unsubtle musical score.

Despite the title, most of the humor here is derived from the men's

war situation; not anything terribly wacky happens. There are

laughs, two running gags involve people knocking themselves on

the head, and a funny one involving Lemmon's quest for a decent

cup of coffee. Another light moment that is not pounded into the

ground- the men dress as natives, complete with grass skirts and

coconut shell bras, to fool the enemy into thinking they are a local

trading ship. The scene is funny without being racist and offensive.

The suspense about the mission is often undermined by a

reliance on stock footage to show battle scenes. This is a comedy,

yet we are watching actual footage of war, and this is a little

unsettling. When director Murphy is allowed to shoot his own

action sequences, they work, especially the cruise through the

mined harbor.

"The Wackiest Ship in the Army" spawned a television show, and

that is about the level of the script. This is nothing that will change

your life, but watching Lemmon's comic skills and good nature

make this an enjoyable enough time filler. I slightly recommend it.

This is unrated, and contains some physical violence, some gun

violence, and mild adult situations.

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