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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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Submerged with 5 Girls...No wonder the S.S. Sea Tiger turned a Shocking Pink! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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

'USS Balao' SS-285 was painted pink and was used for exterior shots in and around Key West. 'USS Archerfish' SS-311 (originally 'USS Archer-Fish', renamed at 1952 recommission) wore the standard colors of gray and black, and was used for interior and exterior shots in and around Key West. 'USS Queenfish' SS-393 was used in opening and closing scenes, and was used for the "at sea" shots filmed in and around San Diego. See more »

Goofs

When the station wagon crashes into the limousine, the sound of the crash comes just before the actual collision. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: When a girl is under 21, she's protected by law. When she's over 65, she's protected by nature. Anywhere in between, she's fair game. Look out.
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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 The Pink Panther Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

By the Old Mill Stream
(uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
Sung at the New Year's Eve party
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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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