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Sail a Crooked Ship (1961)

A bungling burglar, determined to go down in the annals of crime as a genius, steals a ship in New York in order to rob a bank in Boston. He steals a mothballed Liberty ship, assembles a ... See full summary »

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Irving Brecher

Writers:

Ruth Brooks Flippen (screenplay), Bruce Geller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Gilbert Barrows
Dolores Hart ... Elinor Harrison
Carolyn Jones ... Virginia
Ernie Kovacs ... Bugsy G. Foglemeyer aka The Captain
Frankie Avalon ... Ens. Rodney J. Foglemeyer
Frank Gorshin ... George M. Wilson
Jesse White ... McDonald
Harvey Lembeck ... Nickels
Sid Tomack Sid Tomack ... Sammy
Guy Raymond ... Helmut
Buck Kartalian ... Finster
Wilton Graff ... Simon J. Harrison
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Chowder
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A bungling burglar, determined to go down in the annals of crime as a genius, steals a ship in New York in order to rob a bank in Boston. He steals a mothballed Liberty ship, assembles a nitwit band of meatballs and sets sail on his crazy cruise for crime. To "drive" the ship they shanghai an inept ex-Navy officer who somehow manages to bring them through a hurricane, a fire and a mutiny. Written by alfiehitchie

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IT'S A KOOKIE CRUISE! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Efthymoi lopodytes See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Opposites Attract
Written by Robert P. Marcucci (as Bob Marcucci) and Russell Faith (as Russ Faith)
Sung by Frankie Avalon
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Memorable when I was 8.
14 September 1999 | by lindy-23See all my reviews

I saw this film once 36 years ago when I was 8 years old. I remember watching it and seemingly laughing all the way through it at the antics of these crazy guys who steal a ship and sail it to America to rob a bank. They have a plan to distract the bank staff by one of them collapsing with a make believe heart attack, leaving the other members of the gang to make good with the cash. Unfortunately the day they arrive in America is a bank holiday (and apparently the only day they can pull off the robbery. The rest of the details are bit hazy, but the thing is this film made such an impression on me that 36 years later I can still recall watching it and laughing until I was nearly sick. I would dearly love to see it again, even at the risk of bitter dissapointment.


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