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Operation Mad Ball (1957)

In post-WW2 France, U.S. Army hospital private Hogan and Captain Lock try to outwit one another on issues such as wooing pretty nurses, accounting for missing medical supplies, organizing unauthorized dances and influencing their C.O.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Arthur Carter (screenplay), Jed Harris (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Lemmon ... Pvt. Hogan
Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Paul Lock
Kathryn Grant ... Lt. Betty Bixby
Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Rousch
Mickey Rooney ... MSgt. Yancy Skibo
Dick York ... Cpl. Bohun
James Darren ... Pvt. Widowskas
Roger Smith ... Cpl. Berryman
William Leslie ... Pvt. Grimes
Sheridan Comerate ... Sgt. Wilson
L.Q. Jones ... Ozark
Jeanne Manet Jeanne Manet ... Madame LaFour
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Storyline

Private Hogan must raise his ability to scheme and plot to a new level to put on a madcap dance to celebrate the closing of an Army surgical hospital in post WWII France while evading the stickler-for-details Captain Lock - and win the heart to the beautiful nurse Lieutenant Betty Bixby. Written by Rick Munoz <munozrd@mymail.com>

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Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

17 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Ball See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

5' 2" Mickey Rooney dances with 5' 8" Marilyn Hanold, perhaps an intentional reprise of Rooney's scene in the 1946 picture, Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), in which he dances with 6' 2" Dorothy Ford. See more »

Goofs

The x-ray of the abdomen showing the duodenal ulcer is held up and looked at backwards each time. See more »

Quotes

Col. Rousch: Everything was going so nicely.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.28 (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Pennies from Heaven
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Played during the party preparation and at the ball
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It has been on Turner Twice
17 April 2009 | by laurmartinSee all my reviews

It was on last summer in July and then as part of a tribute to Jack Lemmon in January I think. Recently I have found out that it is due sometime this summer as part of a Jack Lemmon collection of five films. It's in the 50 dollar price range and I don't think it's coming out separately. Anyway, in addition to Jack Lemmon and Mickey Rooney it features several up and coming actors of the 50s. Oh and character actor Arthur O'Connell. The young actors are Kathryn Grant as Jack Lemmon's love interest. Ernie Kovacs in his first film. James Darren - pre Gidget and definitely pre-Time Tunnel, Roger Smith (he married Ann Margaret) and Dick York (Darren on Bewitched.) It's a good movie that should receive more attention. I enjoyed this movie very much.


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