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McHale's Navy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, War | June 1964 (USA)
The crazy crew of McHale decide to use their PT boat as an off-track betting parlor and run in to lots of trouble when they owe money to some marines and a horse they bought causes a Japanese sub to run aground.


Edward Montagne


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker
Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Gary Vinson ... Quartermaster George Christopher (Christy)
John Wright John Wright ... Willy Moss
Carl Ballantine ... Torpedoman Lester Gruber
Billy Sands ... Motor Machinist Mate Harrison Bell
Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
Gavin MacLeod ... Seaman Joseph 'Happy' Hanes
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
Jean Willes ... Margot Monet
Claudine Longet ... Andrea Bouchard
George Kennedy ... Henri Le Clerc
Marcel Hillaire ... Chief de Gendarmes


The crew of PT-73 get into trouble when they back the wrong horse in a race. Now they have to come up with a way to raise the money to pay off the winners. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Their first full-length motion picture in color !


Comedy | War


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This movie's PT-73 was a British-designed seventy-foot Vosper MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat) built under license in the U.S. for export to Russia. World War II ended before the boat could be sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was used for shots of the PT-73 underway at sea, while a full-scale mock-up was used for studio scenes. The real PT-73 in World War II II was a seventy-eight-foot Higgins PT boat, assigned to the U.S. Navy's MTB Squadron 13, and was placed in service on August 12, 1942. PT-73 was destroyed to prevent capture after running aground while delivering supplies to guerrillas near Lubang Island in the Philippines, on January 15, 1945. See more »


McHale, and all officers in the film (Ensign Parker, Captain Binghampton, and Lieutenant Carpenter) wear brown low-quarter uniform dress shoes. This is incorrect, as traditionally, only naval aviators (flyers) wear brown shoes. The U.S. Navy has always differentiated between the "black-shoe" (ship and submarine officers and men) and the "brown-shoe" (naval flying officers and men) Navy(s). See more »


Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: An American PT crew with a hot Australian horse in a French race with a Japanese jockey... NO war was ever like THIS!
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Followed by McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965) See more »

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A Little Side Note
30 January 2007 | by angelsluvSee all my reviews

I do enjoy this movie.. It's silly and far better than the remake that was made in the 1990's. Think I've seen this 50 times or more... When I was a child, the movie and show were on constantly in syndication.. Back in the day of this being made, it was very popular to make comedy war movies, like this one and "Operation Peticoat"... Recently just seeing this movie again on AMC, I was stunned to find out that Bob Hope was actually offered the title role for this, but refused it... You would have thought that he would have taken it on being that he basically accepted so many movie parts to keep his name in circulation.. *LOL*

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June 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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