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Release Date:
28 March 1964 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A Fish Story that refuses to become outdated. See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Knotts ... Henry Limpet

Carole Cook ... Bessie Limpet

Jack Weston ... George Stickel

Andrew Duggan ... Harlock

Larry Keating ... Admiral P.P. Spewter

Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Nazi Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)

Charles Meredith ... Fleet Admiral

Elizabeth MacRae ... Ladyfish (voice)

Paul Frees ... Crusty (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Adams ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Officer at Fleet Admiral's Meeting (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Short Fisherman (uncredited)
George Bruggeman ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Paul Busch ... Sonar Man (uncredited)
Al Checco ... Sailor (uncredited)

Cordy Clark ... Giggling Girl (uncredited)

Roydon Clark ... Sailor (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Passerby / Naval Officer at Meeting (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Dan Dowling ... Naval Officer at Meeting (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ... U-Boat Captain (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lisabeth Field ... Miss Barnes (uncredited)
Logan Field ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Fred Fisher ... Officer at Fleet Admiral's Meeting (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Wesley Gale ... Man Staring Into Window (uncredited)
John Hale ... Sailor (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Officer at Fleet Admiral's Briefing (uncredited)

George Holmes ... Scientist (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Officer at Fleet Admiral's Briefing (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Naval Officer at Meeting (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Officer at Fleet Admiral's Briefing (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Boat Captain (uncredited)
Henry Norell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Sport Fishmern (uncredited)
Montie Plyler ... Helmsman (uncredited)
Felix Reinsch ... Submarine Captain (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Passerby (uncredited)
Heinz Sadler ... Sonar Man (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Old Man in Shipping Office (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Sailor (uncredited)
John Truax ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edward Wermel ... Scientist (uncredited)

Feridun Çölgeçen ... Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
Writing credits
Jameson Brewer (screenplay) &
John C. Rose (screenplay)

Joe DiMona (adaptation)

Theodore Pratt (novel)

John W. Dunn  animation story supervisor (uncredited)

Produced by
John C. Rose .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Perkins 
Cinematography by
Harold E. Stine (director of photography) (as Harold Stine)
Film Editing by
Donald Tait 
Art Direction by
LeRoy Deane 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louis Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergei Petschnikoff .... assistant director
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ira Stewart .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Herbert Plews .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Brooks .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Burnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Weldon Gilbert .... grip (uncredited)
Stuart Higgs .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gerry Chiniquy .... associate animation director: special piscatorial effects
Robert McKimson .... sequence director: special piscatorial effects
Maurice Noble .... animation production designer: special piscatorial effects
Don Peters .... background styling: special piscatorial effects
Hawley Pratt .... animation production designer: special piscatorial effects
Hawley Pratt .... associate animation director: special piscatorial effects
Bill Tytla .... supervising animation director: special piscatorial effects (as Vladimir Tytla)
Art Babbitt .... animator (uncredited)
Hugh Fraser .... animator (uncredited)
Phil Roman .... animator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rose Brawd .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bob Richards .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl Brandt .... orchestrator
Frank Perkins .... conductor
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Other crew
John W. Dunn .... story developer: special piscatorial effects (as John Dunn)
Jules Miliman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min (DVD)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | UK:U | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 20319) | USA:G (DVD rating)

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Larry Keating's final film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 10 mins) The shot of the people on the yacht is first played in reverse, then after the guy taps on the paper, it plays forward. You'll notice the people in the background on the right (behind the blonde in the red top) first walking backwards, then after the paper tapping, they're walking forward.See more »
Bessie Limpet:Henry, am I the widow of a man or the wife of a fish?
Henry Limpet:Well, let's be logical, Bessie. You can't very well keep me in the bathtub, can you?
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Hail To Henry LimpetSee more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Fish Story that refuses to become outdated., 26 February 2006
Author: denscul from virginia

There are not many movies that I can watch and enjoy with my grand kids, but this is one of them. This movie uses Knotts's voice, which was his greatest gift, to portray a fish who becomes a hero that Henry Limpet (classified 4f), could not be in real life. This movie is funny because it has the Navy recognizing a fish for a decoration and pay for his widow. The go between is Jack Weston, who plays the "other man" between Limpet and his wife. Weston seems more interested in Limpet's wife, while Limpet is more interested in fish. It's this gloss-over that makes it possible to watch the movie with youngsters without too many questions being asked. The ability to write scripts and make movies that can appeal to different levels at the same time seems to be lacking in today's movies.

Also found in this movie, and lacking in many current movies, is the obvious desire of Limpet to do his part in facing the enemy of the time. The movie is a flash back to WWII when the Nazi sub force was decimating Allied shipping, even before war was declared. The US Navy had to have loved this movie for helping with its recruiting, and they had to laugh at some of the "career boosters" for those involved in using a fish to fight subs.

Contrary to some previous posts, this movie does have enemies and victims. The Limpet and the Navy blew up a lot of ships. The nice thing about WWII was that our enemies were more clearly defined.

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