McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Hillbillies of PT-73 

Willy is deeply saddened, when he receives a letter from his Tennessee girlfriend, telling him that she is about to marry another man. So, McHale and The Crew throw a big 'Hillbilly ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Wright ...
Yoshio Yoda ...
Brenda Wright ...
Nurse Cindy Bates
Jane Dulo ...
Congressman Joymer (as Don Harvey)
Henry Hunter ...
Captain Dryden


Willy is deeply saddened, when he receives a letter from his Tennessee girlfriend, telling him that she is about to marry another man. So, McHale and The Crew throw a big 'Hillbilly Hoe-down', to cheer up their heartbroken friend, which is attended, unexpectedly, by a Congressman from the Naval Appropriations Committee. Written by David C. Bohn

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6 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Captain Wallace B. Binghamton: [Binghamton has just been told that the Congressman wants to see McHale's unit] Oh, no. Not McHale.
Lt. Elroy Carpenter: I bet you could just scream, Sir.
Captain Wallace B. Binghamton: Like a Banshee I could scream.
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References The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) See more »


She'll Be Coming 'Round The Mountain
Background music heard while the crew of PT-73 are dressed up as hillbillies
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An overplayed southern comedy sketch.
27 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we get all the antics of southern life when Willy's girlfriend, Effie May, marries another man. Now Tennessee bred Willy is down in the dumps to the point of being transferred for neglect of duty. When a new nurse, Cindy Bates, gets transferred onto the base, she has all the phony accent of a southern woman to hopefully bring around Willy. Well that is McHale's plan.

McHale wants to make Willy and Cindy feel right at home in the hills of Tennessee, so he puts a plan where all the gang and nurses will dress up like country hillbillies and sashay around making the couple feel right at home. Perhaps this can get Willy's mind off Effie May.

But McHale's plan may lead him into hot water. A congressman is coming to the base with a Navy appropriation's officer to inspect the base. The congressman arrives about the time the shindig begins.

The story was nice but to see the cast run around looking like something from a 'Bugs Bunny' cartoon just did not set well. We all know that this is a comedy sitcom that pokes fun at all things on the spectrum but at least pick a southern woman instead of someone that lampoons the sounds of a nice southern drawl. This was hard to watch more for the cast than the story.

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