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The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 January 1956 (USA)
In this hilarious romp starring Tom Ewell, Sheree North and Rita Moreno, a middle-aged ex-serviceman who plans to re-enlist (Ewell) is shocked to learn that not only did he fail his medical... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Albert Beich (screenplay), Albert Beich (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Ewell ... Gregory Whitcomb
Sheree North ... Lt. Katy Whitcomb
Rita Moreno ... Sandra Roberts
Rick Jason ... Capt. Barney Sloan
Les Tremayne ... Henry 'Hank' Gaxton
Alice Reinheart Alice Reinheart ... Capt. Grace Briggs
Gregory Walcott ... Lt. Sweeney
Jean Willes ... Joan Sweeney
Edward Platt ... Major Dunning - Psychiatrist
Jacqueline Fontaine ... Buxom Blonde at Party
Michael Ross ... Military Policeman
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... Mr. Curtis
Keith Vincent Keith Vincent ... Delivery boy
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... WAAF sergeant
Ralph Sanford ... Gateman
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In this hilarious romp starring Tom Ewell, Sheree North and Rita Moreno, a middle-aged ex-serviceman who plans to re-enlist (Ewell) is shocked to learn that not only did he fail his medical exam, his wife (North) has enlisted - and is really making the grade in the Air Force. Unhappy to be a "house husband," he flies to Hawaii to be near her - and also to hatch a scheme to get her discharged. Written by Anonymous

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He's got that "itch" again - this time it's for Sheree See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Lost My Wife to the Army See more »

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Budget:

$970,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Ewell, a decorated WWII pilot, is recalled to active duty in the Air Force. He dons his uniform to report for duty, but it's 1953, and the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947. His uniform isn't "AF Blue" - it's Army Air Force GREEN! It's a clever joke, NOT a mistake. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Played at the dance
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Unfunny
14 August 2019 | by drednmSee all my reviews

The one bright scene with Rita Moreno replicating Marilyn Monroe's role in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH with Tom Ewell is not enough to salvage this leaden farce about a man (Ewell) trying to get his wife (Sheree North) released from the military.

To be fair, this is not the fault of Ewell, North, or Moreno, but lies with writer/director Frank Tashlin, whose fetish with big breasts and cleavage wears thin fast. Most of the women in his films sport hiked-up gigantic breasts they could rest their chins on. They tend to resemble the back ends of Chryslers and Cadillacs.

Plot has Ewell recalled to military service (really?) so wifey (North) races out to re-enlist. He flunks his medical exam but she's already signed up and assigned to Hawaii. Ewell goes to Hawaii to try to spring her from the military by, heavens to MASH's Klinger, getting a "section 8" by proving she's nuts.

Supporting characters are mostly annoying. Rick Jason plays a leering hunk who Ewell sees as a rival. Then there's the mannish female captain (Alice Reinheart) and the leering best friend (Les Tremayne). Edward Platt plays a dumb psychiatrist. Rita Moreno plays Tremayne's girlfriend. Sylvia Lewis provides a bright spot as a stripper named Henrietta Hipslider.

The only reason to watch this film is for the brief homage to THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. This scene with Ewell and Moreno is funny and even the music is borrowed from the Monroe classic.


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