McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The McHale Grand Prix 

McHale and the Crew have a jeep that needs an engine; A local race driver has an engine that needs a car; The Army wants to get hold of one of the Germans' new staff cars - And all 3 are ... See full summary »

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Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
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Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
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Ensign Charles Parker
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Lester Gruber
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George Christopher
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'Tinker' Bell
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Virgil Edwards
John Wright ...
Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda ...
Fuji Kobiaji
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Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
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Signore Balducci
Simon Scott ...
General Bronson
Fabian Dean ...
Carbolini
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Colonel Harrigan
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McHale and the Crew have a jeep that needs an engine; A local race driver has an engine that needs a car; The Army wants to get hold of one of the Germans' new staff cars - And all 3 are accomplished during the town's annual Grand Prix auto race. Written by David C. Bohn

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22 March 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the Formula One race car competition that began in France in 1894. See more »

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The show worked too hard for a laugh.
25 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like slapstick, then you will love this episode.--- The episode begins when Ensign Parker wrecks the Captain's jeep. With all the wrecks that have been reported, Binghamton want to keep this off the record and advises McHale to fix the jeep without any help from motor pool.

The only way that McHale can get a new motor for the jeep is from a local repairman that is in need of a body to race his new motor. If McHale will loan him the body for the race, he will give him the motor when the race is over. Binghamton is suppose to be away while the race is on but comes back unexpected. Now McHale is trying to keep the proceedings away from him but it will be nearly impossible as Colonel Harrigan and General Bronson arrive right at the finish of the race.

There is nothing wrong with the story it seemed there was just too much unneeded tomfoolery going on during the show that it took away from the script. One running gag was Binghamton having to ride in a sidecar while his jeep was wrecked. It was humorous the first five minutes but got old when it continued right to the end of the show. How many times can they show Binghamton screaming from the sidecar until it is no longer funny?-- you will see in this episode. Between the long gags and the ever increasing annoying antics of Parker this became tough to watch. It took a way from an otherwise nice script.


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