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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.

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Cast overview:
... Lt. Rip Crandall
... Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
... Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
... Patterson
... Capt. McClung
... Josh Davidson
... Radioman 2nd Class A.J. 'Sparks' Sparks
Patricia Driscoll ... Maggie
... Chief Mate Jack MacCarthy
... Lt. Dennis M. Foster
... Seaman J. Johnson
Joseph Gallison ... 'Cameo' (as Joe Gallison)
... Maj. Samada
George Shibata ... Capt. Shigetsu
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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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WACKY IS THE WORD FOR IT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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29 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song that is played at the beginning of the movie is a comedy song named "The Walloping Window Blind' a.k.a."Blow Ye Winds Hi Ho". It was originally a poem by Charles Edward Carryl. See more »

Goofs

When the Echo is coming into Port Moresby, Patterson attempts to contact them by blinker they are entering the mine field. The Echo is seen in the background sailing from left to right. The remaining shots have the Echo entering the harbor from right to left. See more »

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[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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Opening credits prologue: ALLIED HEADQUARTERS BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA FEB. 1943 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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much better than "professional reviewer" states.
6 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

this is a fun, wholesome movie suitable for all ages. Lemmon is captivating, as always and Ricky Nelson does just fine. actually, this is really a tailor made role for nelson. the young handsome, slightly misguided, yet sincere officer who admits past failures and looks forward to proving himself in the eyes of his superior, Lemmon. the move has a touch of romance, a bit of action and plenty of laughs and wholesome fun. check it out. i'll bet you'll be rooting for this bunch of misfits just like i was. and Clayton Trap, i have no opinion on you as a person, though i do have a great sympathy for that stick that's stuck up your....


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