McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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A Medal for Parker 

Major complications develop when the guys send a chapter of Parker's war novel - Including a highly fictionalized account of his sinking of the biggest battleship in the Japanese fleet - To... See full summary »

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Sidney Lanfield
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Episode complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker
Carl Ballantine ... Lester Gruber
Gary Vinson ... George Christopher
Billy Sands ... 'Tinker' Bell
Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
Gavin MacLeod ... Happy
John Wright John Wright ... Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
Robert Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
Herb Vigran ... Congressman Fogelson
Bill Quinn ... Admiral Elliot
Kathleen Gately Kathleen Gately ... Mary
John Fujioka ... The Japanese Officer (as John Mamo)
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Major complications develop when the guys send a chapter of Parker's war novel - Including a highly fictionalized account of his sinking of the biggest battleship in the Japanese fleet - To Parker's hometown girlfriend, in an attempt to help him win her heart. Written by David C. Bohn

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Comedy | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: [surprised to find Ensign Parker wearing insect extermination gear] Hey, Chuck, what the heck are you doin'?
Ensign Charles Parker: Oh hi, Skip. Binghamton put me on pest control. He says I'm a pest that needs to be controlled.
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Parker's novel gets him in a load of trouble.
31 October 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Ensign Parker has been writing this novel about how an young Ensign, like himself, does these great things for the Allied effort during the war. He has one chapter about how the young Ensign sank the largest ship in the Japanese navy, the invincible Yakamura.

During this time, Parker gets a letter from his hometown girlfriend, Mary, saying that she has been dating other people. One being a European US fighter that has shot down many enemy planes. Parker feels like he is not good enough for Mary.

The crew of the 73 sees how Parker is down in the dumps so they have a plan to help out. They send Mary one of the chapters of his novel saying that Ensign Parker is the person the sank the Yakamura. His local paper picks up the story and the next thing you know his congressman is flying over to personally pin a medal on Parker. It's a false story that keeps getting bigger everyday.

There nothing wrong with the plot of this episode but there seemed to be a lot of slapstick during the program. Poor Joe Flynn was either falling into the ocean, nearly killed by a grenade or being forced to hide in awkward places all during the broadcast. Most of the situations were funny but how much misfortune can follow the poor Captain till it gets rather old. One bright spot about this show was the flow kept the attention of the viewer in order to find out how this nightmare was going to end. Nice watch.


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