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Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 14 December 1959 (UK)
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman
... Lt. JG Nicholas Holden
... Lt. Dolores Crandall RN
... Lt. Barbara Duran RN
... Chief Molumphry
... Ens. Stovall (as Richard Sargent)
... Maj. Edna Heywood RN
... Capt. J.B. Henderson
... Lt. Watson
... Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn ... The Prophet
Dick Crockett ... Harmon
... Lt. Reid RN
... Lt. Colfax RN
Clarence Lung ... Sgt. Ramon Gillardo (as Clarence E. Lung)
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Storyline

A submarine newly commissioned is damaged in the opening days of WW II. A captain, looking for a command insists he can get it to a dockyard and captain it. Going slowly to this site, they find a stranded group of Army nurses and must take them aboard. How bad can it get? Trying to get a primer coat on the sub, they have to mix white and red in order to have enough. When forced to flee the dock during an air attack, they find themselves with the world's only Pink submarine, still with 5 women in the tight quarters of a submarine. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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20,000 Laughs Under The Sea! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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14 December 1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas y tiburones  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,300,000
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the memoir "Mislaid in Hollywood' by Joe Hyams, referred to in the biography "Cary Grant - A Class Apart" by Graham McCann, " . . . Grant found his burgeoning enthusiasm for his therapeutic use of LSD increasingly hard to contain, and, eventually, while he was shooting the movie "Operation Petticoat", he could hold back no longer. Two reporters - Joe Hyams and Lionel Crane - both prepared for the usual amusing but scrupulously bland Grant interview, were stunned to find him unusually relaxed, open and keen to share with them the extraordinary experiences he had undergone . . . He talked about his desperate desire to change his character so that he could be reunited with Betsy Drake." See more »

Goofs

All the real vessels used in the film - USS Wren, USS Balao, USS Archer-Fish and USS Queenfish - served in the Second World War but were launched after the period in which these events take place. USS Wren and USS Queenfish were launched in 1944, USS Balao in 1942 (October), and USS Archer-Fish in 1943. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Have you ever been to sea?
Lt. Nicholas Holden: Yes, Sir. Destroyer duty.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: How did you find time for it?
Lt. Nicholas Holden: It was a mistake, Sir. About a week after I left Honolulu, they got it straightened out.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Who? The Admiral or the Admiral's wife? She must be awfully upset with you stranded out here. That will probably cost her the rumba championship this year!
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Crazy Credits

Opening sequences as viewed through a periscope with cast and crew as various sea creatures. See more »

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Referenced in Phineas and Ferb: What a Croc!/Ferb TV (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Remember April Music
Performed by Gene DePaul
Lyrics by Patricia Johntson and Don Raye Played by Tokyo Rose radio broadcast.
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Great movie a must for your dvd collection "a classic"
19 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I thought the movie was quiet delightful. A classic for the whole family Brought back alot of great memories as a child. Not a war movie for the serious war buff's. Two thumbs up. Glad I found this one!!


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