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The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 29 December 1960 (USA)
During WW2, Lt. Rip Crandall, who was a yachtsman before the war, takes command of the USS Echo, a sailing ship, for a secret mission in waters patrolled by Japanese warships.

Director:

Richard Murphy

Writers:

Richard Murphy (screenplay), Herbert H. Margolis (screen story) (as Herbert Margolis) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Lemmon ... Lt. Rip Crandall
Ricky Nelson ... Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
John Lund ... Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
Chips Rafferty ... Patterson
Tom Tully ... Capt. McClung
Joby Baker ... Josh Davidson
Warren Berlinger ... Radioman 2nd Class A.J. 'Sparks' Sparks
Patricia Driscoll Patricia Driscoll ... Maggie
Mike Kellin ... Chief Mate Jack MacCarthy
Richard Anderson ... Lt. Dennis M. Foster
Alvy Moore ... Seaman J. Johnson
Joseph Gallison Joseph Gallison ... 'Cameo' (as Joe Gallison)
Teru Shimada ... Maj. Samada
George Shibata George Shibata ... Capt. Shigetsu
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Storyline

Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives - if only they can get there in one piece. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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The ocean roars and so will you! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wackiest Ship in the Navy See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original name of the boat in the movie was the "Fiesta". She was built in Hong Kong in 1932 entirely of teakwood. She was a 72 foot gaff-rigged schooner and came with a 165hp auxiliary diesel engine, weighed 28 net tons, drew 8 feet of water and could make 7.5 knots under power. She was also equipped with 3 tiled heads (bathrooms), two of them with showers, 1400 gallon fresh water tank, a 19 cubic foot deep freezer, and a 24 cubic foot refrigerator. Prior to the movie the Fiesta was owned by Martin J. Vitousek and his wife the former Beatrice Leiseder. (Source: The San Francisco Chronicle Sept. 14, 1952). See more »

Goofs

The Echo leaves port and avoids collision with two destroyers carrying Weapon Able; this weapon did not exist in WW II. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: If you remember Pearl Harbor, you'll recall that in the year that followed the Japanese were almost invincible. Early in 1943, however, they were checked. Stopped cold by the Marines at Guadalcanal, the Navy in the Coral Sea, and the Allied armies in New Guinea. This was a period of far-reaching decisions, desperate strategies, and incredibly daring counter-strokes - not the least of which involved two bright young naval officers...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY...................IN THE ARMY? See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
(uncredited)
(c) 1947
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange)
Music by Louis Alter
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Fans of Lemmon should not miss this one!
14 March 2002 | by broosrSee all my reviews

It's too bad Hollywood stopped making war flicks like this one. They were much more enjoyable than the kind of hand-wringing performances you see nowadays. Lemmon took a break from chewing the scenery in the classics "Some Like It Hot" and "The Great Race" and returned to a more straight-man character of the kind he played in Mister Roberts. Although Lemmon is, as usual, great, the movie suffers somewhat from a bland supporting cast and the insufferable Ricky Nelson, whose acting is as wooden as it was in "Rio Bravo." Although slow to get going, the movie eventually takes off and maintains a robust pace to the conclusion. Note that TV showings tend to trim this one heavily, so if you see it sitting in the bargain bin, be sure to pick it up!

For fans of Lemmon or the genre only!


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