Ensign O'Toole (1962–1963)
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Operation: Geisha 

Lt. St. John's friend comes up with a new money making idea. O'Toole convinces the local businessmen it's a good one.

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(novel) (as Bill Lederer)
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Chief Petty Officer Homer Nelson
Jack Mullaney ...
Lt. Rex St. John
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Robert Sorrells ...
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Steve Turner
Eddie Ryder ...
Al Shrieber
Ransom M. Sherman ...
Ambassador Cobb
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Linda Bennett ...
Judy Cobb
Linda Bennett ...
Judy Cobb
Robert Kino ...
Mr. Yamada (as Bob Kino)
Pat Li ...
Mrs. Yamada
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Yamada Jr.
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Lt. St. John's friend comes up with a new money making idea. O'Toole convinces the local businessmen it's a good one.

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5 May 1963 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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23 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even by the standard of the racial insensitivity of the early 60s, this one is a stunner.

Let me note here that I usually take the racism and stereotypes of the studio period in stride. It's ugly, but that's what the period was like.

This episode, though, obviously a backdoor pilot for a series featuring Jack Carter as a lovable con man fails, thanks to Carter's basic unlikeability in the role, the over-the-top characterizations of the Japanese characters (at least two Japanese-American actors are directed to use horrific accents), and the terrible stereotyped writing.

"Ensign O'Toole" was a problematic series at best, but this episode was the final nail in its coffin; a most unfortunate way for the show to go out.

Only for completists of the series or of Carter's work.


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