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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

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... See full summary »

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Arthur Lubin

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Jameson Brewer (screenplay), John C. Rose (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Knotts ... Henry Limpet
Carole Cook ... Bessie Limpet
Jack Weston ... George Stickel
Andrew Duggan ... Harlock
Larry Keating ... Admiral P.P. Spewter
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Nazi Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
Charles Meredith ... Fleet Admiral
Elizabeth MacRae ... Ladyfish (voice)
Paul Frees ... Crusty (voice)
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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. Written by garykmcd

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GLUB! The Face That Launched A Thousand Torpedoes! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be Careful How You Wish See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Henry Limpet: I wish, I wish I were a fish.
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Crazy Credits

"Piscatoral Special Effects" in the closing credits See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wish I Were a Fish
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Weird, zany, and humorous fantasy adventure
2 July 2010 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

This little oddball film from the mid 60's is hard to characterize. In the days just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, a nerdy, winsome misfit who is yet very amiable and loved by others, feels something just isn't right about his life. He interacts far more effectively with the little marine creatures inhabiting the aquarium in his house, than he does with his wife, friends, and co-workers.

Nobody but Don Knotts (doesn't that slightly knotted-up Knotts face slightly resemble a fishy to begin with? lol), could have pulled off a way-out live action/animation fantasy comedy like this. That high-pitched, nasally voice talent of his fits this role to a tee. Limpet sees (what he perceives to be) the carefree life of a fish, and wishes with all his might to be one of them. Presto, change-o, morpho! Welcome to the Atlantic a new bespectacled fish that has a unique ability that comes in handy for survival and in other ways you simply won't expect.

Odder still than all of that is the way the plucky little fish finds himself enmeshed in the naval battles of World War II. Although WW2 would seem like a stark place to set a fantasy comedy, this wacky little film manages to take all these elements and run with them for playful laughs. I'm not sure how I (or anybody else) would handle seeing a friend talking from the water as a fish, and the supporting cast are all perfect in the humorous "playing down" reactions they have to this bizarre situation.

Fun stuff.


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