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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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11 October 1962 (USA) See more »
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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 vessel used for shots of the PT-73 underway was a 72-foot type II Vosper MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat), a British design built under license in the U.S. for export to Russia. The war ended in August 1945 before the boat--the real number of which was PT-694--could be sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was then purchased by billionaire businessman Howard Hughes and used as a chase boat for the one and only flight of his Spruce Goose aircraft. The boat was then sold to Universal Pictures--as there were few other real PT boats left in existence at the time--and some liberties were taken in reconfiguring it to look like a PT Boat. Vosper PTs did not have machine gun turrets on either side of the pilot house (though ironically, the real PT-73--a Higgins design--did) as the PT-73 in the show did. Other irregularities are the main mast aft and a small mast right in front of the cockpit. Shots of the crew aboard the PT-73 were filmed on a full-scale mock-up in a soundstage. "PT-73" was later sold to the mayor of Hawthorne, California, and was converted to a sport fishing boat. It was destroyed when it broke loose of its mooring near Santa Barbara and washed up on the beach during a storm. The real PT-73 was a 78-foot Higgins boat assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 13, which saw service in the Aleutians and in the Southwest Pacific theater. On 15 January 1945 it ran aground and was destroyed to prevent it falling into enemy hands.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Throughout the run of the series, characters are frequently shown saluting indoors and without a hat on. In the United States Navy, personnel are not supposed to salute "uncovered" (not wearing a hat) and "in the house" (indoors).See more »
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Capt. Binghamton:[grumbling] I could just scream.
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
McHale's Navy TV Series, 29 November 2005
Author: bobkudyba from Australia

I have always enjoyed Mchale's Navy, it has to be one of my all time favourite shows. The show was immensely popular in Australia during the 1960's and has returned regularly since then. The show joins many of those other TV SitComs of that 'Golden Era' of television, such as: Batman, Gilligan's Island, The Addams Family, Gomer Pyle, USMC and many more that kept us amused.

I always made sure I was home from school and seated in time for the show every Monday to Friday to see the wacky adventures of McHale and his crew as they managed to get themselves into yet another 'mess' in their daily battle of wits with their strictly by the book Captain Wallace B. Binghamton and Lieutenant Carpenter.

Ernest Borgnine has always been one of my favourite actors and his portrayal of the long suffering LTCOMDR Quinton McHale was first rate. McHale always seemed to have his hands full trying to keep his 'bunch of eight balls' in line, as well as have to contend with his bumbling Exec Officer, Ensign Parker (Tim Conway).

I thought Ernest Borgnine made the show, being the go-between his men and his stern CO, Capt Binghamton. McHale was always concocting some scheme to get his men off the hook with Binghamton, sometimes himself too, after they got into some mishap or other. Capt, Binghamton was also forever trying to invent some scheme to get McHale and his 'Pirates' shipped out, inevitably this backfired on the good Captain someway or another.

I still enjoy this show, it's as every bit as entertaining now as it was back in those good old days.

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