In post-WW2 France, U.S. Army hospital private Hogan and Captain Locke 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.
To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.
Ellen (June Allyson) is kidnapped by father (Charles Bickford) after she ran off and got married to someone he thinks is a gold digger. She escapes and starts an adventurous trip back to ... See full summary »
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.
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 Locke - and win the heart to the beautiful nurse Lieutenant Betty Bixby.Written by
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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," in which he dances with 6' 2"" Dorothy Ford. See more »
When Lieutenant Bixby catches Hogan in his lie about the Stucky's X-ray and he is reading her the Riot-act about officers versus women and she has a choice, her little spit curl on the left side is straight and a bit frazzled. When Hogan salutes her and turns around to leave (with some facial guarded remorse), the shot now shows Bixby in the background with her spit curt perfectly replaced and back to being super cute. See more »
Obviously made to capitalise on Jack Lemmon's Oscar-winning turn as Ensign Pulver in 'Mister Roberts' and the current popularity of mildly satirical service comedies like 'Teahouse of the August Moon' and 'Bilko'. With that title and that cast, I've been expecting something fast-paced and zany; but mounting a big party behind the backs of their superiors hardly seems to justify such a long (105 minutes) and elaborately produced movie, which never takes flight and feels like the filmed play it is. The music score is twee, the photography drab; and its terrific cast all talk too much. (I also think it should have been in colour, like most of its contemporaries were.)
It's digs at military bureaucracy and (very) odd moments of black humour have led to comparisons with 'MASH', but a truer precursor to that is actually 'Captain Newman, M.D.' (1963), with Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis. See that instead.
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