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"McHale's Navy" The Big Impersonation (1964)

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William Raynor (teleplay) &
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Original Air Date:
3 February 1964 (Season 2, Episode 21)
Parker - A dead-ringer for an important British General - Agrees to put his life on the line, by posing as The General... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
Writing credits
William Raynor (teleplay) &
Myles Wilder (teleplay)

William Raynor (story) &
Myles Wilder (story) and
Si Rose (story)

Produced by
Edward Montagne .... producer (as Edward J. Montagne)
Si Rose .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Richard L. Rawlings (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Ralph Sylos 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bisk .... assistant director
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial department head
Music Department
Axel Stordahl .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... musical supervision
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Parker is a look-a-like for a British General, 1 November 2014
Author: kfo9494 from United States

In this episode, Ensign Parker is a near look-a-like for a British General named Pelly. Gruber comes up with a money making plan where Parker will dress up like the General and they will take money from sailors posing with the General. Binghamton makes a appearance and put a stop to the foolishness telling Parker he could be arrested for posing as a General.

It just so happens that the real General Pelly gets word, thanks to Binghamton, that he has a near double on the base. He needs a person to pose as him while he conducts a secret mission. They want the spies in the area to think that the General's whereabouts are known while the real General leads an invasion force. Parker will pose as the General. But it will not be easy when someone wants the General dead.

This was a likable story that was interesting enough to keep the viewer's attention the entire time. Maybe not the best episode in the bunch but there is not much you can do when a regular cast member has to play two roles in a show. Even though Joe Flynn was not in many scenes, the ones he was in was memorable. Nice watch.

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