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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), Herb 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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Taglines:

WACKY IS THE WORD FOR IT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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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

Jack Lemmon actually served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, with the rank of Ensign. See more »

Goofs

When the Echo is going over the reef on New Britain, the Japanese Major comes from below with his sword and attacks LT Crandall. The sword goes past Crandall under his arm. In a following shot, Crandall has the sword embedded in his chest. The major did not have a chance to strike twice before being overpowered. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in My Fellow Americans (1996) 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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Lightweight and breezy...and quintessential Jack Lemmon!!!
23 November 2001 | by MisterWhispySee all my reviews

This is one of those overlooked films Lemmon made in the early years of his legendary career. It kind of became lost in the midst of such higher profile films as "Some Like it Hot" and "The Apartment", and never truly found its way out. "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" represents a list of forgotten Lemmon titles that deserve recognition. Such films include, "It Happened to Jane", "Operation Mad Ball", "The Notorious Landlady", and "Alex & the Gypsy".

"Wackiest" is a one of those type of films that is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Often amusing and boasting a quintessential Lemmon performance, it's worth checking out just for pure nostalgia!

*** (out of 5)


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