McHale's Navy: Season 3, Episode 8

The British Also Have Ensigns (6 Nov. 1964)

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Binghamton has an ulterior motive, when he temporarily assigns a clumsy, bumbling British Sub-Lieutenant to the 73 Crew. When the Britisher captures Fuji, and places him under arrest as a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Wright ...
Yoshio Yoda ...
Sub-Lieutenant Clivedon
Maurice Dallimore ...
Admiral Clivedon-Sommers


Binghamton has an ulterior motive, when he temporarily assigns a clumsy, bumbling British Sub-Lieutenant to the 73 Crew. When the Britisher captures Fuji, and places him under arrest as a spy, McHale and Parker work up a rather risky plan to free their Japanese friend, which is complicated by a visit from the Sub-Lieutenant's Admiral-Cousin. Written by David C. Bohn

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6 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Just after Cedric (Bernard Fox) blows up the ammo dump with a torpedo and downs the enemy plane, he is leaning on the torpedo tube and not wearing his hat. The other men begin to cheer his having downed the enemy plane. Then the shot switches and Cedric is now standing erect and wearing his hat, and the others are still cheering, even though Cedric did not have time to put his hat or to stand up completely. See more »


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A well written and enjoyable script.
12 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Binghamton gets word that British sub-Lieutenant Cedric Clivedon is being temporarily placed at Taratupa, The Captain lays out the red carpet since the sub-Lieutenant is the kin to Admiral Sommers of British Command. But when Binghamton is introduced to Cedric, he finds out that he is just as bumbling as Ensign Parker. And when he reads his service record, he finds that he has sank three ships with all of them being the ship he was assigned. Binghamton has to get him transferred but then thinks that perhaps he could sink the PT 73. So he assigns Cedric to be a part of the crew of the 73.

Sure enough it is a disaster for McHale's crew. Cedric nearly kills the crew while firing a gun and his antics are even worse (if you can believe it) than Parker's. When McHale and the crew go out on patrol, Cedric is left back at camp. During this time he runs into Fuji and arrest him as a Japanese spy. He takes Fuji over to Binghamton's office for processing.

Later McHale hears of the arrest and thinks of a plan where they may be able to release Fuji. Parker is going to dressed up as the British Admiral and hopefully talks his way into letting Binghamton release Fuji. But about that time the real Admiral Sommers makes an appearance on the base.

Bernard Fox does a nice job of playing the British officer and in some scene even makes Tim Conway look tame. The script was well written and the action made the viewer interested in the outcome of the show. This is an episode that made the series so enjoyable for many. Nice watch.

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