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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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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 »

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Final film of Barry Kelley. See more »

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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 »

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Jennifer Winslow: [Pointing to something in the water beyond the ship] I wonder what that is?
Lt. Morton Krim: [Excitedly] What? What? Where?
Jennifer Winslow: There, floating...
Lt. Morton Krim: Oh, that's, uh, that's just some flotsam, or jetsam. Whatever the difference is.
Jennifer Winslow: Well, flotsam is something from a shipwreck, and jetsam is something thrown overboard in order to lighten the ship.
Lt. Morton Krim: Oh... I guess that makes me flotsam, then.
Jennifer Winslow: And apparently my brother considers me jetsam.
Lt. Morton Krim: That must've been some kind of mistake.
Jennifer Winslow: Oh, Johnny and I were never exactly close. When ...
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How About You?
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Music by Burton Lane (uncredited)
Lyrics by Ralph Freed (uncredited)
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It's Quite below ordinary
28 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Extraordinary Seaman finds David Niven once again carrying the burden of a really botched film concept with his extraordinary charm. No actor was ever asked to work with less material than Niven did in his whole career.

The film is best described as a combination of The Ghost And Mrs. Muir, The Canterville Ghost and The African Queen all taking place in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Four American seaman Mickey Rooney, Jack Carter, Mana Tupou and their Lieutanant Alan Alda are on a life raft after their ship was sunk. They drift to a small island in the Phillipines and find a beached craft from the previous war with its captain David Niven who looks positively immaculate in his dress whites from the British Navy considering the heat and humidity of the tropics.

With a battery borrowed from plantation owner Faye Dunaway who would like some transport to Australia for her efforts, the American sailors set sail with Niven who will take them, providing he gets the opportunity to sink a Japanese warship. Trust me, Niven's got some really good reasons for wanting this so badly.

This dud of a film is a surprise coming from someone like John Frankenheimer who did such things as Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Train, Grand Prix, and Seven Days In May to name a few. Frankenheimer comes up so short in The Extraordinary Seaman as compared to those masterpieces and others. The situations are forced and labored and the comedy falls flat. Not enough use was made of Mickey Rooney and Jack Carter, both of them extraordinarily funny people.

But there's nothing extraordinary about The Extraordinary Seaman.


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