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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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The hilarious saga of the bravest soldier who ever fought a war...FLAT ON HIS BACK and the leggiest, loveliest, coolest nurse that ever gave a man a fever! 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

This film was a flop at the box office, resulting in MGM losing $380,000 ($3.2M in 2018) according to studio records. 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

Lt. Molly Blue: So I date a lot. I admit it. I'm shopping around. I'm 22, Merle. By the end of this war, I may be 30.
Second Lt. Merle Wye: That's why I say, "Gather ye rosebuds, while ye may."
Lt. Molly Blue: Oh, I wish I had a dollar for every time that's been suggested. You could at least be a little more original.
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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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Prentiss-Hutton Star in a Wonderful Comedy
8 September 2007 | by AndersonWhitbeckSee all my reviews

MGM had several fine players under exclusive contract in the l960's: George Peppard, Richard Chamberlain, Yvette Mimieux and Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss. This film is one of the 4 Pairings that MGM made with Hutton and Prentiss and is my favorite film of that team and one of my favorite comedies of the l960's. Great movie teams have magic: Loy and Powell, Tracy and Hepburn, Lemmon and Matthau, and for sure Hutton and Prentiss. Hutton conveyed a manly comedic skill set and Prentiss from San Antonio a gorgeous tall Texan with a sexy voice. Richard Thorpe moves the action skillfully and so what most of the movie seems to have been filmed on the MGM back lot, it is a Fun film with all the top notch MGM production values and special effects. This film is so enjoyable one wonders why MGM let them stop filming as a Team after this film. They were announced for a comedy And Now To Bed about a playboy played by Hutton and an interior decorator played by Prentiss but both stars passed on that film. Too bad. One never tires of these two professionals. Fine support from a cast of well known character actors.

I recommend this movie


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