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The Wackiest Ship in the Army 

In the spring of 1942, the New Zealand government presents the U.S. a 70-year-old wooden twin-masted schooner. The US military decides to use the ship to place spies ashore behind Japanese ... See full summary »
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1966   1965  

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Series cast summary:
Jack Warden ...  Major Simon Butcher / ... 29 episodes, 1965-1966
Gary Collins ...  Lt. Rip Riddle 29 episodes, 1965-1966
Mike Kellin ...  C.P.O. Willie Miller / ... 29 episodes, 1965-1966
Mark Slade ...  Radioman Patrick Hollis / ... 29 episodes, 1965-1966
Don Penny ...  Tyler / ... 17 episodes, 1965-1966
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ...  Gunner's Mate Sherman Nagurski / ... 16 episodes, 1965-1966
Fred Smoot ...  Machinist's Mate Seymour Trivers / ... 14 episodes, 1965-1966
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In the spring of 1942, the New Zealand government presents the U.S. a 70-year-old wooden twin-masted schooner. The US military decides to use the ship to place spies ashore behind Japanese lines. While underway, the ship is commanded by Lieutenant Rip Riddle of the US Navy; while in port, the ship is commanded by Major Simon Butcher of the US Army which leads to many disputes between the two men. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Adventure | War | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Escuna do Diabo See more »

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Runtime:

| (29 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mike Kellin was the only actor who play the same charactor in both the 1961 movie and the television series of the same name. See more »

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Wackiest Ship -- TV series
7 December 2013 | by edastoriaSee all my reviews

As much as I liked the movie, I liked the TV series a lot better. Jack Warden really adds something that the movie lacked. I really do wish it was available on VHS or DVD (even in PAL format). I would love to see those episodes again. While "Echo" was apparently the name of the real ship, I liked the name "Kiwi". Somehow it was just a better fit. Also with the series, you got to know the crew better and watched the relationships develop. I can still see, in the first episode, Jack Warden (as Maj. Butcher) seeing the Kiwi for the first time, ordering his driver to turn around and go back to the office. The last episode was mindful of "The African Queen", when the Kiwi was used as a floating bomb to destroy an enemy ship.


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