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McHale's Navy (1964)

| Comedy, War | June 1964 (USA)
The hilarious misadventures of the crew of PT-73 during World War II in the Pacific.

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Ensign Charles Parker
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Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
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Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
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Quartermaster George Christopher (Christy)
John Wright ...
Willy Moss
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Torpedoman Lester Gruber
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Motor Machinist Mate Harrison Bell
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Virgil Edwards
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Yoshio Yoda ...
Fuji Kobiaji
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Margot Monet
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Andrea Bouchard
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Henri Le Clerc
Marcel Hillaire ...
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The crew of PT-73 get into trouble when they back the wrong horse in a race. Now they have to come up with a way to raise the money to pay off the winners. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Their first full-length motion picture in color !

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La flotte se mouille  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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This movie's PT-73 was a British-designed seventy-foot Vosper MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat) built under license in the U.S. for export to Russia. World War II ended before the boat could be sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was used for shots of the PT-73 underway at sea, while a full-scale mock-up was used for studio scenes. The real PT-73 in World War II II was a seventy-eight-foot Higgins PT boat, assigned to the U.S. Navy's MTB Squadron 13, and was placed in service on August 12, 1942. PT-73 was destroyed to prevent capture after running aground while delivering supplies to guerrillas near Lubang Island in the Philippines, on January 15, 1945. See more »

Goofs

When shown in close-up, the cockpit of Captain Binghamton's observation plane has no Plexiglass. Plexiglass would likely have reflected the studio lights. See more »

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Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: An American PT crew with a hot Australian horse in a French race with a Japanese jockey... NO war was ever like THIS!
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Follows Alcoa Premiere: Seven Against the Sea (1962) See more »

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My WWII Navy veteran Dad's favorite show in 1960's
26 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

My father didn't watch much TV in the 60's. He didn't even laugh much. Just his personality. When he watched this show, he used to laugh so hard, he'd nearly fall off his chair. Of course I laughed too, since I wasn't used to seeing him laugh. My dad was a WWII US Navy Destroyer veteran stationed in the South Pacific, and his squadron earned 11 battle stars, so they weren't on a luxury cruise. He laughed the hardest at Leadbottom - Binghamton, so I figure he had or knew a CO like Old Leadbottom. Come to think of it, my Dad acted a lot like Binghamton, so maybe he saw some of himself in old Leadbottom. Who knows, he's gone now. I love to watch this show on tape, it gives me a brief connection back to those happy times with my father. I find myself laughing still.


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