Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of ... See full summary »
Yet another strange film in the `oddballs' Universal canon of the mid to late 60's. This will probably be only of interest to Nelson fans; others might want to stay away. It was a based on a play Ozzie Nelson had seen in New York a few years earlier and he bought the property for the screen. The resulting film is a stage-bound filmization of the play. It plays like sitcom of today (NOT like the Ozzie and Harriet TV series) and it is a bit racy for its time. A real curio.
It opened August 5, 1965 in Houston TX (Universal's distribution boys did a lot of weird things then); other dates included Oct 13, 1965 (Minneapolis, MN), Dec 22 1965 (New York, NY) on a double bill with `Pinocchio In Outer Space' in a wide theatre break. Howard Thompson gave it a negative review in the New York Times, 12/23/65.
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