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"McHale's Navy" The Return of Maggie (1965)

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Tom Waldman (written by) &
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Original Air Date:
2 March 1965 (Season 3, Episode 24)
McHale's gambling, conniving, saloon-keeping old friend - Maggie Monohan - Is back in business, in New Caledonia... See more » | Add synopsis »
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This had all the makings of a fine show. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale

Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton

Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker

Carl Ballantine ... Lester Gruber

Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter

Gary Vinson ... George Christopher

Billy Sands ... 'Tinker' Bell

Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
John Wright ... Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji

Bill Quinn ... Admiral Slocum
Astrid De Brea ... The Hostess
Jack Bernardi ... The 1st Croupier

Frank Evans ... The 2nd Croupier
Barry Brooks ... The Gambler

Jean Willes ... Maggie Monohan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Gambler (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Gambler (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Gambler (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Charles Barton 
Writing credits
Tom Waldman (written by) &
Frank Waldman (written by)

Produced by
Edward Montagne .... executive producer (as Edward J. Montagne)
Si Rose .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Comstock 
Cinematography by
Ray Fernstrom (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam E. Waxman 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
James M. Walters Sr.  (as James M. Walters)
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Colean .... assistant director
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
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
Other crew
Rick Mittleman .... script consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

30 min | USA:26 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Even though the title is 'The Return of Maggie' there has not been a Maggie in the run of the series. But there was in 'Orange Blossom for McHale' (season two), a Kate O'Hara that is very similar in all ways to Maggie.See more »
Continuity: When Binghamton, at McHale's hut, is telling the crew about turning down their request and how he hates himself for doing so, Parker is holding an iron. When the camera angles changes the iron is now laying on the table.See more »
Ensign Charles Parker:[the Captain has just granted leave for McHale's crew to New Caledonia] How about that Skip?... The Captain's not a big a rat as we thought he was.
Captain Wallace B. Binghamton:[to McHale about Parker] I gotta love that guy.
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This had all the makings of a fine show., 15 November 2014
Author: kfo9494 from United States

Binghamton has just received a call from the Admiral about a con-artist named Maggie opening up another gambling joint in New Caledonia. It seems that she calls the place a 'tea room' as not to make waves with the authorities. Anyway the Admiral wants the place off-limits to all Navy sailors. He goes as far to tell Binghamton that if any sailor is in the establishment to throw the book at them.

Binghamton knows that McHale is friends with Maggie. So instead of telling them to stay away, he takes the entire crew to New Caledonia and lets them enter Maggie's place. Now he has the entire crew caught in an 'off-limits' place and sends for the Admiral. But with the help of Maggie, McHale may have a plan to get them out of trouble.

This was an enjoyable show that was well received. There was some clever writing and some nice acting that made the episode entertaining from beginning to the end. This was another script that did not have to rely on stupid antics by Parker to make the show interesting. This was actually a script that was well thought out with an interesting story. Good watch.

NOTE- Even though the title says 'Return of Maggie', there has never been a Maggie Monohan in the run of the series. However in season two show 'Orange Blossom for McHale', a character Kate O'Hara (Joyce Jameson), was very similar. The two dressed the same, same gambling type, same destination and even stole McHale's wallet at the end of the show. Guess the writers wanted a different name for the character.

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