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The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a ... See full summary »

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Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a further opportunity arises to redeem his actions. During the Second World War, he is encountered by a quartet of American seamen that includes Lt. Morton Krim and cook W.J. Oglethorpe. A deal is completed whereby the men will help re-float Finchhaven's command in return for a passage to Australia. They raid a village to secure batteries for the engine and come upon the feisty Jennifer Winslow who offers them aid in return for a passage with the crew. Eventually they reach the open sea. Finchhaven's ghostly status is revealed and Lt. Krim and Jennifer help him to sink a Japanese cruiser. Written by alfiehitchie

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We would like to thank Adolf Hitler, David Niven, Joseph Stalin, Faye Dunaway, Tojo, Mickey Rooney, Jack Carter, Alan Alda, John Frankenheimer, and the millions of Nazis, Japanese, and Americans who made this picture possible. See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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The Narrator throughout the film is Dick Wesson (not the actor Dick Wesson). He is best known as the announcer for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954) and The Wonderful World of Disney from 1954-79, as well as many Quinn Martin series. Dick was also the Narrator for Disneyland's extinct attraction, America the Beautiful in Circarama. See more »

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Alan Alda's character is a Lieutenant (j.g.) [junior grade] but wears an Ensign shoulder board on his left shoulder throughout the entire movie. See more »

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Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: Well, my lovebirds, we're in the picture. It's them or us. Are you going below to man the engines? Or would you prefer to be blown apart without a chance?
Lt. Morton Krim: That's a terrific choice.
Lt. Morton Krim: [ponders for a moment] Okay! We'll man the engines! Why not? A certified public accountant and a lady garage owner heroically attempt to sink a Japanese cruiser. I hope the President will be very pleased!
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My Gallant Crew
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Music by Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited)
[Played over sinking ship montage]
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Behind the scenes
20 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I can't recommend this movie however to get a better perspective I do recommend to one and all to read Alan Alda's comments regarding this disaster of a movie in his book, (NEVER HAVE YOUR DOG STUFFED and other things I've learned). In the chapter titled Yes to Everything he describes the chaos of making this movie and sums up by saying: "We finished the picture, and it was released directly into obscurity. I've heard that it played on an airplane over Pittsburgh, and I imagined people strapping on parachutes and jumping to get away from it." That last line made me laugh out loud, in fact many lines in this book will have you laughing aloud and enjoying his view on the world.


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