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8 May 1968 (USA) See more »
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War is Heck! Hic Hic Hooray! See more »
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Sgt. O'Farrell an Army soldier on an island in the South Pacific during World War II is trying to bring... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Phyllis Diller: 1917-2012
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Directed by
Frank Tashlin 
 
Writing credits
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Robert M. Fresco  story
John L. Greene  story
Frank Tashlin  writer

Produced by
John Beck .... producer
Bill Lawrence .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Sukman 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Stensvold 
 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Kinoshita 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price 
 
Costume Design by
Oscar Rodriguez 
 
Makeup Department
Jane Chabra .... hair stylist
Mike Moschella .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound engineer
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Igo Kantor .... editorial supervisor
Leonard Kwitt .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Connie Bulmer .... film librarian
Wally Samson .... location manager
Kay Thackery .... script supervisor
Harriet Medin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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USA:92 min
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Anachronisms: As is typical of Hope's period comedies, there are many anachronistic gags in the film; e.g. references to television re-runs, a reference to Burt Lancaster in 'From Here to Eternity', the hairstyles of the women and the bathing suit worn by Gina Lollobrigida.See more »
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Lt. Lyman P. Jones:Sorry, I bit your hand but I was dreaming about Nurse Krause, again.
Sgt. Dan O'Farrell:Yeah, those reruns are murder.
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Capturing a ship of Hope, 23 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

By the time Bob Hope got to making The Private Navy of Sgt O'Farrell the comedy well was running a bit dry. Thiw was material that he could have done 20 years before, during the post World War II period.

Somebody must have gotten an idea for this film noticing that in McHale's Navy, Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway and the gang had their own personal Japanese prisoner. So a whole film was built around a leftover Japanese soldier on the backwater island that Hope is stationed on. Hope has his own Ensign Parker in Jeffrey Hunter and his own Captain Binghamton in John Myhers.

We've got both Army and Navy personnel here though the Navy seems to be in charge. John Myhers is no Joe Flynn with that officious monotone as Captain Binghamton. And no one would ever say that Jeffrey Hunter had Tim Conway's gift for comedy.

And Hope looks every bit of the 65 years he had under his belt when this film was made. He ought to have been stateside collecting those first Social Security checks issued.

Mako does well as Calvin Coolidge Ishimura an American Japanese who had the misfortune to be visiting relatives in the old country at the time of Pearl Harbor. And Phyllis Diller as the man starved nurse Krauss earns a few laughs.

The film is about Hope's pursuit of a sunken supply ship that was loaded with beer. From what I remember of the army it probably would have been near beer which was all an enlisted man could get on Fort Polk, so I didn't see what the fuss was about. Frank Tashlin the director clearly ripped this one off from the classic British comedy Whiskey Galore.

Joke kind of fell flat as the beer probably was.

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