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The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

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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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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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Referenced in The King of the Duplicators (1968) See more »


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Music by Burton Lane (uncredited)
Lyrics by Ralph Freed (uncredited)
[Patriotic wartime variation sung over warship montage]
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How anyone connected with this turkey ever worked again is beyond me
18 August 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

TCM recently ran the legendary EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN with David Niven Alan Alda and Faye Dunaway, not to mention Mickey Rooney and a few other great character actors.

This is a really bad movie, not fun, just bad. The premise has Niven as a dead sea captain haunting a boat until he does a heroic act (Its WW2 and he's been dead since WW1). He's always in white and constantly drinking and never eats. Eventually he confesses his state to Alda who is a high strung CPA who can't figure out whats wrong with the Captain. Intercut with the funny footage is newsreel material cut mixed with witty lines and odd music. Its almost like MASH in some technical ways (the camp announcements say relating to the newsreel narration) but the effect is a stone faced silence. I kept going on with the film to see what was wrong, and its purely the fault of the direction which treats the material too realistically, and Alda who's patented shtick and mannerisms are completely wrong (think MASH at his silliest). How Alda survived this horrible miscasting amazes me, but then weirder things have happened.

Not quite one of the all time stinkers that the Medveds once dubbed it in their 50 Worst Films book, but its bad

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