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

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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.
McHale's Navy: Season 4: Episode 26 -- A lost German patrol wreaks havoc with Binghamton's command.


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Release Date:
11 October 1962 (USA) See more »
Batten down the hatches!
The misadventures of a misfit PT Boat crew during World War II. Full summary »
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Tim Conway and Joe Flynn -- two forgotten comic geniuses See more (18 total) »


 (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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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: In some episodes Capt. Binghamton's office door opens inward. In others, outward.See more »
Lieut. Comdr. Quinton McHale:Stall em! I don't care how you do it but stall 'em!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.46" (2009)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Tim Conway and Joe Flynn -- two forgotten comic geniuses, 2 July 2007
Author: tallguy62 from Chicago, IL

Who can resist the comic talent of Tim Conway? Further, who can resist both Conway and Flynn on the same show to "play off" one another? The result is hysterical. I recently bought this first season, after having seen McHale's Navy (the 1960s movie) and McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force. I had enjoyed them both, but was unaware that the original TV show is now available for purchase.

I am always sad that nowadays, comedians are vulgar and crude and do not need to have ANY talent in order to be popular. True comedy is one of the toughest things for an actor to portray well. Any fool can spew forth obscenities for a cheap laugh, but true comedy requires something more. Joe Flynn and Tim Conway both have that "something more" I am referring to. You will know what I am talking about if you watch any of these old episodes.

What a delightful television show with good writing and decent acting.

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