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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$1,100,000, 31 December 1962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,850,000, 31 December 1962
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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 is believed to be the first of a handful of films shot in the short lived Panacolor system. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer struck the U.S. release prints in their own lab under the Metrocolor label. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Horizontal Lieutenant
Music by George Stoll
Lyrics by Stella Unger
Performed by The Diamonds
Courtesy of Mercury Records
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Jim and Paula together again
2 July 2004 | by shinoSee all my reviews

This is the final of four consecutive films Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss made together in the early 60's. It is at times a trifle insensitive towards the Japanese, but that's about the worst thing you can say about this otherwise pleasant film. Trivia: Hutton's diminutive Nisei sidekick Sgt Tada, played by Yoshio Yoda, became "Fuji" in McHale's Navy.

Hutton, as usual plays the conniving but good-hearted Hutton character, and Prentiss--though described as "lanky" and "Miss High-Pockets"--is drop-dead gorgeous, even in G.I. Beige. She's just happy that the war transformed her "from a tall girl into a short commodity." This may be the last film which the producers felt compelled to write in some reference to Prentiss' Amazonian proportions.

Hutton, an intelligence officer, is sent to an occupied Pacific Islands to capture an inconsequential Japanese pilferer, and in due time, Prentiss shows up.

A talented collection of familiar character and comedic actors rounds out the cast.


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