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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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Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
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Cook 3 / C W. J. Oglethorpe
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Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole
Juano Hernandez ...
Ali Shar
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Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
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Adm. Barnwell
Leonard O. Smith ...
Dyak
Richard Guizon ...
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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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Adventure | Comedy | War

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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 »

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A nuclear weapon detonation is seen, but there were no nuclear weapons at this point in the war. Nuclear weapons were not tested anywhere but in a desert until a few years after the war. See more »

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Cook 3: [referring to Cmdr. Finchhaven] He's dead, huh? I knew there was something fishy about him.
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Edited from Waterloo Bridge (1940) See more »

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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 amazing Alan Alda's career survived this mess.
23 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before there was the direct-to-video market, people who made howlingly bad films had just one way of mitigating the financial loss. That was to send bad movies to small towns where people would pay to see ANYTHING at a movie theater, because there was nothing else to do. (We're talking about the pre-cable, pre-VHS, just 6 channels on TV days, folks!)

This is how I came to see "The Extraordinary Seaman" in a double-bill with "Krakatoa East of Java" in Lancaster, California in 1969 when I was 13 years old. This has to rank as one of the most awful pairings of movies of all time.

It's funny, because for all that I can recall this movie as being incomprehensible, boring to the point of inducing numbness, and funny only in unintentional ways, Alan Alda stood out in it as the only bearable element. (I know Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rooney are credited in the movie, but I cannot for the life of me remember anything about what they did, which is probably a good thing.) This is not to say that his performance was good. It wasn't, that was impossible, this movie was so bad. This movie's most redeeming feature was that it inspired practically the whole theater to throw popcorn at the screen and to add an audience soundtrack of groans and hisses and boos and hoots, and that was fun.

What it left me with is an indelible memory of what a backwater Lancaster, California was in the days before the Antelope Valley Freeway was built: we were the kind of small town where bad films were sent to eke out a little revenue for the people involved. I think about that every time I see some direct-to-video movie in the rack at the supermarket check-out stand.

And I'm devoutly thankful for all the options we have now to avoid seeing movies like "The Extraordinary Seaman."


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