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The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
Jennifer Winslow
Lt. (j.g.) Morton Krim
Cook 3 / C W. J. Oglethorpe
Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole
Juano Hernandez ...
Ali Shar
Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
Barry Kelley ...
Adm. Barnwell
Leonard O. Smith ...
Richard Guizon ...
John Cochran ...
Adm. Shimagoshi


Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a further opportunity arises to redeem his actions. During the Second World War, he is encountered by a quartet of American seamen that includes Lt. Morton Krim and cook W.J. Oglethorpe. A deal is completed whereby the men will help re-float Finchhaven's command in return for a passage to Australia. They raid a village to secure batteries for the engine and come upon the feisty Jennifer Winslow who offers them aid in return for a passage with the crew. Eventually they reach the open sea. Finchhaven's ghostly status is revealed and Lt. Krim and Jennifer help him to sink a Japanese cruiser. Written by alfiehitchie

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We would like to thank Adolf Hitler, David Niven, Joseph Stalin, Faye Dunaway, Tojo, Mickey Rooney, Jack Carter, Alan Alda, John Frankenheimer, and the millions of Nazis, Japanese, and Americans who made this picture possible. See more »


Adventure | Comedy | War


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Release Date:

January 1969 (USA)  »

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Brod fantom  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Narrator throughout the film is Dick Wesson (not the actor Dick Wesson). He is best known as the announcer for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954) and The Wonderful World of Disney from 1954-79, as well as many Quinn Martin series. Dick was also the Narrator for Disneyland's extinct attraction, America the Beautiful in Circarama. See more »


Alan Alda's character is a Lieutenant (j.g.) [junior grade] but wears an Ensign shoulder board on his left shoulder throughout the entire movie. See more »


Lt. Morton Krim: Attack a cruiser? With what?
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: [digs out a bundle of dynamite from under some deck boards] Saving that for just the proper occasion. Mind you, it's not going to be easy. We'll have to surprise her. Maneuver in close, aim amidships for the engines. Trust me to do that.
Lt. Morton Krim: But even if we could get close enough to... I mean, I mean - then what? A cruiser, with all those guns... she'd sink us like a stone.
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: There are worse things than dying in the service of one's country, Number One. The Japanese rather ...
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Referenced in The King of the Duplicators (1968) See more »


My Gallant Crew
Music by Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited)
[Played over sinking ship montage]
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Extraordinarily BAD
26 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What seems like a good idea and with a very talented cast and good timing (Faye Dunaway was a huge star after Bonnie and Clyde) this appalling waste of everything has not improved with 25 years of many equally bad films becoming the norm. No wonder poor old MGM was dying. I would like to know the budget because it looks reasonably low, given most of the 'action' is aboard Niven's leaky old boat. I saw this film in 1969 in Sydney at MGM's own Liberty Theatre and even then as a 15 year old I thought it pretty bad. Seeing it again last night I know how and why it is a sad waste. It even commits the major cardinal sin of showing stock footage of the old tub 'sinking' at the climax of the film...NOT newsreel footage of WW2 which is splattered throughout, but obviously just cheap tinted crap of some other bow going down. MGM did this before with THE LAST VOYAGE, inserting stock at a crucial moment, infuriating and cheating everyone watching, and I was equally irritated with it happening here. Alan Alda was a surprise, as I had forgotten he was in this film and often photographed here quite like Elvis...don't laugh, it struck me several times that if Elvis had an acting male relative the same age he would look a lot like like Alan Alda in this film.

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