In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Kreigsmarine (Navy).Written by
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The dialogue between Claude (Murray Hamilton) and Herbie (Eddie Deezen) was written along the same lines as Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton's interaction in The Honeymooners (1955). Jackie Gleason and Art Carney were offered the roles, but Gleason refused, saying he would not and could not work with Carney any longer. However, Gleason and Carney re-teamed one last time for Izzy & Moe (1985). See more »
Kelso opens his bottle of Coca-Cola by slamming the cap against the frame of the cockpit bubble, breaking the neck completely off, but when he drains the entire bottle into his mouth (after a quick cut), the bottle neck is intact. See more »
On December 7, 1941, the Naval Air Arm of the Imperial Japanese Fleet, in a surprise attack, struck the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and hurtled an unsuspecting America into World War II.
American citizens were stunned, shocked and outraged at this treacherous attack. On the West Coast, paranoia gripped the entire population as panic-stricken citizens were convinced that California was the next target of the Imperial Japanese Forces.
Major General Joseph W. Stilwell, ...
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During the closing credits shooting explosions are seen. See more »
The Blu-ray edition released by Universal in 2015 has a few oddities compared to previous home video versions (likely restoration errors). At about 55 minutes in the long version, 40 in the theatrical version (start of chapter 7), a subtitle for "Hollywood Boulevard, 7:35 p.m." is seen far to the right of center instead of centered like all the others; and in the visual cast credits, Dub Taylor's name is shown in blue instead of white after the flash effect. See more »
An incredible comedy spectacle! My favorite Speilberg.
This entire film is absolutely insane. Wonderful, extremely over the top, but maintaining an artistic sense... So many great actors, such a ridiculous plot. My one recommendation. As with all early Speilberg's, view ONLY the widescreen (letterbox) version of this film... I can't imagine seeing less than that, in this film, Speilberg crams so many hysterical jokes into the single frame. Fantastic
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