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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:

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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 »

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Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Played at the dance
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Good fun
5 July 2004 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Long overshadowed by director Frank Tashlin's The Girl Can't Help It (also 1956), The Lieutenant Wore Skirts is deserving of reappraisal. Starring hatchet faced Tom Ewell as Greg Whitcomb, a U.S. Air Force reservist with a bad knee and a wife (Sheree North) in the service, it's a thoroughly sexist but hilarious film. When North is ordered to serve in Hawaii, Ewell follows after her, determined to get her to quit or be discharged by hook or by crook. Forced to stay home cleaning dishes, cooking dinner, and playing bridge with the girls, he soon cooks up a plot to convince base psychiatrist Edward Platt that his wife is suffering from a nervous breakdown. Shot in brilliant Technicolor and in Cinemascope, this is 50s cinema eye candy par excellence, but the film also benefits from a snappy (and at times, quite daring) Tashlin screenplay. Besides the always wonderful Ewell, the film also features an hilarious performance by Rita Moreno as an air-headed beauty who gives him ideas.


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