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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

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Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »

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Harlock
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Admiral P.P. Spewter
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Nazi Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
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Fleet Admiral
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Crusty (voice)
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Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and lays it on pretty thick. If Henry could have one thing it would be to become a fish. While on a visit to Coney Island, Henry falls into the water and miraculously gets his wish. Now a fish, he makes friends, Ladyfish and Crabby the hermit crab and loves his new life. He also uses his abilities to help the US Navy locate and sink Nazi U-Boats, forcing the Germans to create a new weapon to deal with the Allies secret weapon. When years later the Navy finds intelligent activity among dolphins, they may also know who is teaching them. Written by garykmcd

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Now he takes his place with America's greatest naval heroes! The incredible story of Henry Limpet, America's deadliest secret weapon! Now you will know all! See more »


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28 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Be Careful How You Wish  »

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Trivia

Elizabeth MacRae who provided the voice for Ladyfish portrayed Gomer Pyle's girlfriend on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) which starred Jim Nabors who started out on The Andy Griffith Show (1960) as did Don Knotts who voiced, the United States Navy's top secret talking fish, "The Incredible Mr. Limpet". See more »

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Right at the start, the admiral and lieutenant are striding purposefully through the corridors of the Pentagon. The second set of doors they pass through is marked "Restricted Area" & "Secret". The doors are opened by two marines to reveal a long lighted corridor; this is shown to be a painting as the officers walk through the doorway but then go left instead of straight on; as the doors close behind them, the whole corridor dims briefly as they walk in front of a light. See more »

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Fleet Admiral: Harlock, you've either been drinking or you're suffering from severe combat fatigue.
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Be Careful How You Wish
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Limpet and his sidekick, Crusty the crabby old bachelor
4 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie when I was a child so I bought the video for my children. They got so caught up in the movie that they found themselves cheering for Henry and Crusty while they dodged the "torpedees" (as Crusty called them).

However, they weren't impressed with Mrs Limpet (the human). They thought she was too mean spirited for poor Henry. Early in the movie my daughter said she didn't blame Henry for wishing to be a fish. Anyone would with a wife like that!

As most good films have a good versus evil slant in the plot, this film also does in a sense. I don't mean the obvious Democracy vs Nazi fight, but the good, kind Henry vs the sneering, lecherous Stickle. As children's movies should be, it is toned down, but you still get an immediate sense of sympathy for Henry while secretly wishing Stickle would get his head stuck in a "torpedee" tube! All in all, a terrific film and one of my favourites!


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