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"McHale's Navy" (1962) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1962-1966

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McHale's Navy: :  -- Binghamton has Parker assigned as his aide when he discovers that the ensign is related to Vice Admiral Parker.
McHale's Navy: Season 4: Episode 30 -- Binghamton's moment of planned heroism intended to impress a politician is ruined by a GI patrol.
McHale's Navy: Season 4: Episode 29 -- Binghamton lands himself on the field of honor opposing a dead-shot nobleman.
McHale's Navy: Season 4: Episode 28 -- Binghamton is determined to make an example of Parker for fraternizing.
McHale's Navy: Season 4: Episode 27 -- Binghamton finds himself at odds with a car race arranged by McHale and his men.


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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 92)

Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Commander Quinton McHale / ... (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton / ... (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Carl Ballantine ... Lester Gruber (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Gary Vinson ... George Christopher (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Billy Sands ... 'Tinker' Bell (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
John Wright ... Willy Moss (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter / ... (129 episodes, 1962-1966)

Gavin MacLeod ... Happy (73 episodes, 1962-1964)

Series Directed by
Sidney Lanfield (54 episodes, 1962-1964)
Hollingsworth Morse (46 episodes, 1964-1966)
Charles Barton (9 episodes, 1964-1965)
Edward Montagne (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Earl Bellamy (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Oscar Rudolph (5 episodes, 1963)
Sidney Miller (3 episodes, 1965)
Jean Yarbrough (3 episodes, 1965)
Norman Abbott (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Frank McDonald (2 episodes, 1964)
Series Writing credits
William Raynor (28 episodes, 1963-1966)
Myles Wilder (28 episodes, 1963-1966)
Ralph Goodman (18 episodes, 1963-1966)
Sam Locke (14 episodes, 1964-1966)
Joel Rapp (14 episodes, 1964-1966)
Stan Dreben (12 episodes, 1963-1965)
Martin Roth (11 episodes, 1962-1964)
George Carleton Brown (11 episodes, 1963-1965)
Frank Gill Jr. (11 episodes, 1963-1965)
John Fenton Murray (8 episodes, 1964-1966)
Barry E. Blitzer (8 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ray Brenner (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bruce Howard (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Si Rose (5 episodes, 1962-1964)
Larry Markes (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Michael Morris (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bob Fisher (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Arthur Marx (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Allan Manings (4 episodes, 1965)
Frank Waldman (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Tom Waldman (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Arnold Horwitt (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Elroy Schwartz (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Danny Arnold (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Walter Kempley (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Gene L. Coon (2 episodes, 1962)
Danny Simon (2 episodes, 1963)
Henry Garson (2 episodes, 1965)
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (2 episodes, 1965)
Brad Radnitz (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Edward Montagne .... producer / executive producer (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
Si Rose .... producer / associate producer (102 episodes, 1963-1966)
Series Original Music by
Axel Stordahl (42 episodes, 1962-1963)
Frank Comstock (35 episodes, 1964-1965)
Jack Elliott (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Cyril J. Mockridge (5 episodes, 1963)
Series Cinematography by
Ray Flin (26 episodes, 1962-1965)
Lionel Lindon (14 episodes, 1963-1965)
Bud Thackery (12 episodes, 1962-1966)
William Margulies (11 episodes, 1962-1966)
John L. Russell (11 episodes, 1962-1965)
Benjamin H. Kline (9 episodes, 1962-1965)
John F. Warren (9 episodes, 1963)
Jacques R. Marquette (8 episodes, 1963-1964)
Walter Strenge (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ray Rennahan (6 episodes, 1963-1965)
Richard L. Rawlings (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Robert Tobey (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ray Fernstrom (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Nicholas Musuraca (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Fred Mandl (2 episodes, 1962)
Irving Lippman (2 episodes, 1963-1966)
Vaughn Wilkins (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman (123 episodes, 1962-1966)
Edwin H. Bryant (5 episodes, 1965)
Richard G. Wray (4 episodes, 1965)
Danford B. Greene (2 episodes, 1964)
Robert Seiter (2 episodes, 1964)
Series Art Direction by
Russell Kimball (103 episodes, 1962-1965)
Alexander A. Mayer (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Henry Larrecq (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
James Redd (45 episodes, 1962-1965)
James M. Walters Sr. (43 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert C. Bradfield (17 episodes, 1963-1966)
Ralph Sylos (14 episodes, 1963-1966)
John M. Dwyer (10 episodes, 1966)
Claire P. Brown (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Perry Murdock (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Costume Design by
Kay Hayden (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (83 episodes, 1964-1966)
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (63 episodes, 1964-1966)
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (55 episodes, 1962-1964)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (53 episodes, 1962-1964)
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist (20 episodes, 1964-1965)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Production Management
James Nicholson .... unit manager (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bisk .... assistant director (88 episodes, 1962-1965)
Chuck Colean .... assistant director (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1965)

Wendell Franklin .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (4 episodes, 1962)

Robert M. Anderson .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (105 episodes, 1962-1966)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
William H. Lynch .... sound (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lyle Cain .... sound (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
Corson Jowett .... sound (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
Terrance Emerson .... sound cable man (4 episodes, 1966)
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (3 episodes, 1962-1966)
Clarence Self .... sound (3 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (120 episodes, 1962-1966)
Don Snyder .... costumes (11 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
Series Music Department
Axel Stordahl .... composer: theme music (138 episodes, 1962-1966)
Stanley Wilson .... musical supervision (138 episodes, 1962-1966)

Jack Elliott .... music score (unknown episodes)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... music score (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Si Rose .... script supervisor / script consultant (36 episodes, 1962-1963)
Rick Mittleman .... script consultant (23 episodes, 1964-1965)

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30 min (138 episodes)
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The crew's duties were: - "Christy" Christopher - Quartermaster - "Tinker" Bell - Motor Machinist's Mate - Lester Gruber and "Happy" Haynes -Torpedoman's Mate - Willy Moss - Radioman - Virgil Edwards - Gunner's MateSee more »
Continuity: In some episodes Capt. Binghamton's office door opens inward. In others, outward.See more »
Lieut. Comdr. Quinton McHale:Great jumping Jehoshaphat!See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Borgnine's show, but Flynn & Conway were the real stars, 6 April 2002
Author: frankfob from California

I know this was Ernest Borgnine's show, and though he played it too broadly sometimes, he was still pretty good in it. However, the main reason I watched the show was for Joe Flynn's Captain Binghamton and Tim Conway's Ensign Parker. Binghamton was always trying to nail McHale and his crew (he kept calling them "you and your pirates") and some of his schemes to get rid of them were hilarious, especially when, as usual, they blew up in his face. Conway's eager but almost totally incompetent Ensign Parker was a a joy to watch, due to Conway's comic genius. It was side-splitting to watch him squirm, stutter and completely fall apart whenever he was given any kind of responsibility at all; he'd try to do a good job, and it usually worked out in the end, but what happened in between was always good for a lot of laughs. I especially enjoyed watching him totally dissolve whenever Claudine Longet put the moves on him. Conway was one of TV's great clowns, as shown by his work on "The Carol Burnett Show," and he's at the top of his form; he had the amazing ability to move his body in three or four different directions at the same time--he would look like a marionette with the strings tangled--and that combined with his twitches, facial expressions and look of total incomprehension was a riot. Another actor I really enjoyed was Bob Hastings, who played Binghamton's loyal, long-suffering and abused underling, Lt. Carpenter. Carpenter was the ultimate company man, so eager to please his boss that he gladly entered into whatever lame-brained scheme Binghamton cooked up to discredit McHale ("Oh, good-o, sir, that's brilliant!"), which usually wound up with Binghamton's shifting the blame to him whenever it went wrong--which Carpenter, of course, always readily accepted ("I'm sorry, sir, of course it was all my fault"). Carl Ballantine's scheming Gruber, always on the lookout to make a (usually dishonest) buck, was a lot of fun, too.

I think the series lost a bit of steam when the location was moved from the South Pacific to Italy, and some of the supporting cast was somewhat weak (Gavin McLeod's Happy was especially annoying), but overall it was a very funny, enjoyable show, with some great byplay between Flynn and Conway.

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