McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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A Purple Heart for Gruber 

Trouble follows, when Gruber - In competition with a hometown neighbor, for the greatest War Hero - Is awarded a Purple Heart, for a small cut on his finger, which he got while doing laundry.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writer:

Danny Arnold
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Cast

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
Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Dale Ishimoto ... The Japanese Commander
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Trouble follows, when Gruber - In competition with a hometown neighbor, for the greatest War Hero - Is awarded a Purple Heart, for a small cut on his finger, which he got while doing laundry.

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Genres:

Comedy | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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By The Great Horn Spoon! Is a children's novel by Albert Sidney Fleischman, published in 1963. See more »

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Gruber actually would not have been entitled to a Purple Heart - the criteria require that the wound be one requiring treatment by a medical officer, and that official records of such treatment must exist. See more »

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A show that seemed haphazardly put together
15 October 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

As we begin the second episode of the entire series the chemistry of the crew as yet to be developed as we get a hodgepodge of situations that on the surface appears funny but actually lacks humor. It was like the writer gave us some nice scenes but did not spend enough time making this scene connect to the story before moving on to another situation.

In this episode we had a enemy submarine, some kind of home movie, Binghamton's uniform, a purple heart and a approaching torpedo- this is a lot of material that was ill-used by the writer. There is enough material for three shows but for some reason the writer seemed to throw everything at the wall and hoped something stuck. Unfortunately this did not happen.

There are some things in this episode that placed a smile on the viewer's face but those were few and far apart. There is so much going on in this show that it is difficult even to tell what this program was all about. Here is hoping for better shows down the road.


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