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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.

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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 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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It's Operation Laughter For You! and anything goes! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Ball See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Look for Mary Tyler Moore as part of the last couple entering the next to last ambulance to go to the ball (uncredited). This occurs just a few minutes prior to the end of the movie. On the Call Sheet, she's listed as "Mary Moore" which was her acting name at that time. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey Rooney arrives at the ball with his group of hot musicians, a careful count shows only five of them (beyond Rooney himself) in the jeep. But when they are playing at the dance, there are clearly six of them (not including Rooney) -- trumpet, trombone, sax, bass, drums, and accordion. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Hogan: Oh, I have symptoms.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Jack Lemmon (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Mad Ball
Music by Fred Karger
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Sung during the opening credits by Sammy Davis Jr.
Also played at the end
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Fun movie--does this remind anyone of Hogan's Heroes?
6 June 2011 | by anordicgoddessSee all my reviews

Reading these reviews were spot on while being simultaneously disconcerting. Other movies were mentioned that had influence on this one, but didn't Operation Mad Ball remind anybody besides me of Hogan's Heroes? And I'm not referencing the fact that Jack Lemmon's character was named Hogan, although this might have been the basis for the TV title.

Although the circumstances aren't quite the same (albeit they are both set in WWII), some of the dialog is exactly as I remember from the TV show. Even the sight gags and the situations are similar. Only things lacking are the Germans and the teapot.

It's a fun movie and well worth watching. I've never seen it before and just can't help comparing it to Hogan's Heroes. Mickey Rooney is a hoot!


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