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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 »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Phillip Rock (screenplay), Hal Dresner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
Faye Dunaway ... Jennifer Winslow
Alan Alda ... Lt. (J.G.) Morton Krim
Mickey Rooney ... Cook 3 / C W. J. Oglethorpe
Jack Carter ... Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole
Juano Hernandez ... Ali Shar
Manu Tupou ... Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
Barry Kelley ... Adm. Barnwell
Leonard O. Smith Leonard O. Smith ... Dyak
Richard Guizon Richard Guizon ... Dyak
John Cochran John Cochran ... Dyak
Jerry Fujikawa ... Adm. Shimagoshi
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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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brod fantom See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Barry Kelley. See more »

Goofs

A nuclear weapon detonation is seen, but there were no nuclear weapons at this point in the war. Nuclear weapons were not tested anywhere but in a desert until a few years after the war. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Morton Krim: I don't know, there's a lot here that doesn't add up.
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: Having trouble balancing the ledgers, Number One? Why don't you just forget about clerking...
Lt. Morton Krim: [exasperated] I *told* you, I'm not a "clerk," I'm a C.P.A. And anyway, even an office boy can see that something's wrong here. For instance, why do you drink so much and not get drunk? And how come you don't eat? Or sleep? And why is your uniform so clean?
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: Really, Number One, I don't know what to make of this outburst. I only attribute it to that ...
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Referenced in The King of the Duplicators (1968) See more »

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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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How anyone connected with this turkey ever worked again is beyond me
18 August 2007 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

TCM recently ran the legendary EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN with David Niven Alan Alda and Faye Dunaway, not to mention Mickey Rooney and a few other great character actors.

This is a really bad movie, not fun, just bad. The premise has Niven as a dead sea captain haunting a boat until he does a heroic act (Its WW2 and he's been dead since WW1). He's always in white and constantly drinking and never eats. Eventually he confesses his state to Alda who is a high strung CPA who can't figure out whats wrong with the Captain. Intercut with the funny footage is newsreel material cut mixed with witty lines and odd music. Its almost like MASH in some technical ways (the camp announcements say relating to the newsreel narration) but the effect is a stone faced silence. I kept going on with the film to see what was wrong, and its purely the fault of the direction which treats the material too realistically, and Alda who's patented shtick and mannerisms are completely wrong (think MASH at his silliest). How Alda survived this horrible miscasting amazes me, but then weirder things have happened.

Not quite one of the all time stinkers that the Medveds once dubbed it in their 50 Worst Films book, but its bad


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