Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and lays it on pretty thick. If Henry could have one thing it would be to become a fish. While on a visit to Coney Island, Henry falls into the water and miraculously gets his wish. Now a fish, he makes friends, Ladyfish and Crusty the hermit crab and loves his new life. He also uses his abilities to help the US Navy locate and sink Nazi U-Boats, forcing the Germans to create a new weapon to deal with the Allies secret weapon. When years later the Navy finds intelligent activity among dolphins, they may also know who is teaching them.
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Did You Know?
Prior to the film's release, Warner Bros. distributed a promotional short subject to theaters documenting a press junket to Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida where reporters watched a preview of the movie erroneously hailed as "the world's first underwater movie premiere." (The audience sat in a submerged auditorium and watched movie through a glass wall as it was projected on an underwater lagoon screen.) Actually, the same sort of stunt had been staged at least once before, when reporters donned swimming suits and oxygen tanks to view the 1955 Jane Russell movie Underwater! (produced by Howard Hughes) in another Florida lagoon. See more
When Henry's wife and friend are trying to save him, several people have gathered to watch the action. A young woman in this small crowd has a 1960s "flip" hairdo, yet it had been established earlier that the story takes place during World War II. See more
I wish, I wish I were a fish.
"Piscatoral Special Effects" in the closing credits See more
I Wish I Were a Fish
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Harold Adamson See more