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The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)

A military comedy about a luckless army intelligence lieutenant who finds himself stationed on a remote island army outpost during World War II, where all the action is between the sheets.

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Second Lt. Merle Wye
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Lt. Molly Blue
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Lt. Billy Monk
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Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag
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Col. Charles Korotny
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Akiko
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Yeoman Leo Buckles
Lloyd Kino ...
Sgt. Jess Yomura
Linda Wong ...
Michido
Yoshio Yoda ...
Sgt. Roy Tada
Yuki Shimoda ...
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1944. Hapless Second Lieutenant Merle Wye of the US army's intelligence service is dismayed that he has not seen any action - he imagining himself as a suave undercover agent, worming secrets out of exotic female spies - instead being confined to a desk job in Honolulu. For non-military reasons, Merle is assigned a new posting - his first field job - that on the South Pacific island of Rodahan. He eventually learns that both his job on Rodahan and the posting in general are rather innocuous, as the Americans liberated Rodahan from the Japanese eight months ago, there has been no action there ever since, and as such it is a rather quiet, idyllic locale. All the Japanese soldiers on the island surrendered at the time, that is all except one, a man named Kobayashi, who is unarmed and seen as being harmless because of it. Merle's job is to locate and bring in Kobayashi, solely because he has been pilfering luxury goods from the US army commissary and officers' quarters the last little ... Written by Huggo

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It's the funniest service comedy since the War of 1812! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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18 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Caccia al tenente  »

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Referenced in Password All-Stars: Episode dated 17 April 1962 (1962) See more »

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How About You?
Performed in English and Japanese
Music by Burton Lane
English lyrics by Ralph Freed
Performed by Miyoshi Umeki
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Prentiss-Hutton Star in a Wonderful Comedy
8 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM had several fine players under exclusive contract in the l960's: George Peppard, Richard Chamberlain, Yvette Mimieux and Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss. This film is one of the 4 Pairings that MGM made with Hutton and Prentiss and is my favorite film of that team and one of my favorite comedies of the l960's. Great movie teams have magic: Loy and Powell, Tracy and Hepburn, Lemmon and Matthau, and for sure Hutton and Prentiss. Hutton conveyed a manly comedic skill set and Prentiss from San Antonio a gorgeous tall Texan with a sexy voice. Richard Thorpe moves the action skillfully and so what most of the movie seems to have been filmed on the MGM back lot, it is a Fun film with all the top notch MGM production values and special effects. This film is so enjoyable one wonders why MGM let them stop filming as a Team after this film. They were announced for a comedy And Now To Bed about a playboy played by Hutton and an interior decorator played by Prentiss but both stars passed on that film. Too bad. One never tires of these two professionals. Fine support from a cast of well known character actors.

I recommend this movie


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