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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 ...
Kobayashi
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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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The hilarious saga of the bravest soldier who ever fought a war...FLAT ON HIS BACK and the leggiest, loveliest, coolest nurse that ever gave a man a fever! See more »

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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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The Horizontal Lieutenant
Music by George Stoll
Lyrics by Stella Unger
Performed by The Diamonds
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Insipid disaster
2 January 2006 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

One of your more banal entries in the early 60's sex comedy genre. B movie material all the way featuring a leading man who was never funny or engaging, and a leading lady whose likability deserved better than to be lost in unintelligible glossy pieces of fluff like this.

Paula Prentiss was not the greatest actress, comedic or otherwise, but her charm and her smile have always made her one of my favorites. It's a shame she was destined to be known as the love interest in Jim Hutton comedies.

Hutton surely had to be one of the most inept comic leading men of any era. He doesn't even have even a single moment in this film that makes you laugh.

The only actor involved who brings anything colorful to this dour mess is Charles McGraw, who growls and snaps and barks as Hutton's commanding officer, but with his tongue firmly in cheek. McGraw was one of the truly great character actors. It's a memorable character turn in a film that has nothing else memorable about it.

Something about an intelligence officer who was knocked out by a baseball once who is sent to pacific island to find some Japanese spy that is actually an acrobat and along the way has a rocky romance with a Navy Nurse. A would-be WW2 romp that is as flat and lifeless as movies get. MGM gave it a sumptuous production but it was films like this, immaculately produced but lacking the kind of script, stars and director of MGM's glory years that were the final nail in the coffin of MGM as a major studio, and of Screwball comedy as an artform.

A film almost completely devoid of creativity and verve. Unless you're a Paula Prentiss or Charles McGraw fan, skip it.


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