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The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance, War | 18 April 1962 (USA)
A military comedy about a luckless army intelligence lieutenant who finds himself stationed on a remote island army outpost during World War II, where all the action is between the sheets.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Gordon Cotler (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Hutton ... Second Lt. Merle Wye
Paula Prentiss ... Lt. Molly Blue
Jack Carter ... Lt. Billy Monk
Jim Backus ... Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag
Charles McGraw ... Col. Charles Korotny
Miyoshi Umeki ... Akiko
Marty Ingels ... Yeoman Leo Buckles
Lloyd Kino Lloyd Kino ... Sgt. Jess Yomura
Linda Wong Linda Wong ... Michido
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Sgt. Roy Tada
Yuki Shimoda ... Kobayashi
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Storyline

1944. Hapless Second Lieutenant Merle Wye of the US army's intelligence service is dismayed that he has not seen any action - he imagining himself as a suave undercover agent, worming secrets out of exotic female spies - instead being confined to a desk job in Honolulu. For non-military reasons, Merle is assigned a new posting - his first field job - that on the South Pacific island of Rodahan. He eventually learns that both his job on Rodahan and the posting in general are rather innocuous, as the Americans liberated Rodahan from the Japanese eight months ago, there has been no action there ever since, and as such it is a rather quiet, idyllic locale. All the Japanese soldiers on the island surrendered at the time, that is all except one, a man named Kobayashi, who is unarmed and seen as being harmless because of it. Merle's job is to locate and bring in Kobayashi, solely because he has been pilfering luxury goods from the US army commissary and officers' quarters the last little ... Written by Huggo

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It's the funniest service comedy since the War of 1812! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bottletop Affair See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,020,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of five movies in the early-1960s that featured both Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss. The five movies were Where the Boys Are (1960) (1960), Bachelor in Paradise (1961) and The Honeymoon Machine (1961) (1961), The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) (1962), and Looking for Love (1964) (1964). They were a romantic couple in all except "Looking For Love." See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Wye is transferred to the island, the shoulder patch on his uniform changes to one signifying the U.S. Army's Ryukyu Command. This film is set during WWII and this patch did not appear until 1950 (although some references state it was unofficial as early as 1947). See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Roy Tada: [On the plane going to Rotohan, referring to Commander Hammerslag] Your boss must be very important man.
Yeoman Leo Buckles: Hmm... Yes, and no.
Sgt. Roy Tada: Plenty Navy brass on Rotohan, no?
Yeoman Leo Buckles: Oh, no. Just him. He's been there since the invasion. Navy gave him the job as a reward.
Sgt. Roy Tada: [impressed] Reward? What for?
Yeoman Leo Buckles: Fired on one of his own ships.
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Connections

Referenced in Password: Kitty Carlisle vs. Jack Carter (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
Performed in English and Japanese
Music by Burton Lane
English lyrics by Ralph Freed
Performed by Miyoshi Umeki
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A fine Movie.
16 May 1999 | by Bobby-27See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the early sixties, while serving in the U.S Air Force. It's a little dated now, but back then it was fantastic. We lost Mr. Hutton, in his forties, we will never know what fine work he would have given us. He died too young. Paula Prentiss showed her talent in this fine flick.


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