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The Wackiest Ship in the Army -- During WW II, Lt. Rip Crandall (Lemmon) commands the USS Echo, a run-down ship with the archetypal inexperienced, motley crew, assigned to deliver an Australian observer to a Japanese-held island. Jack Lemmon is in dazzling comedic form as he captains this rickety Navy vessel and ironically, they become a major factor in the winning of a strategic WWII battle.

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Writers:
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Release Date:
29 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
RiCKY NELSON Your No. 1 Singing Star hits the high C's in...The WACKiEST SHiP in the ARMY See more »
Plot:
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lightweight and breezy...and quintessential Jack Lemmon!!! See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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)

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:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
As Lemmon and Nelson are training the crew in how to unfurl the mainsail, you can see the stern of the USS Fletcher in the background. The Fletcher earned 15 battle stars in WWII and Korea. She was one of the most decorated destroyers to serve in the South Pacific. She was scrapped in 1972.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Echo is escaping the Japanese and heading toward the reef, Jack Lemmon tells the crew to lower the centerboard - they proceed to do that (even while ducking when the Japanese shoot at the boat). However, when the Echo approaches the reef, the underwater shot shows the centerboard retracting - it retracts all the way up. Then when the underwater shot shows the Echo clearing the reef, the centerboard is down again.See more »
Quotes:
[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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Lightweight and breezy...and quintessential Jack Lemmon!!!, 23 November 2001
Author: Mr. Whispy from Midwest

This is one of those overlooked films Lemmon made in the early years of his legendary career. It kind of became lost in the midst of such higher profile films as "Some Like it Hot" and "The Apartment", and never truly found its way out. "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" represents a list of forgotten Lemmon titles that deserve recognition. Such films include, "It Happened to Jane", "Operation Mad Ball", "The Notorious Landlady", and "Alex & the Gypsy".

"Wackiest" is a one of those type of films that is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Often amusing and boasting a quintessential Lemmon performance, it's worth checking out just for pure nostalgia!

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