McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Day They Captured Santa 

'Santa' McHale must practice some psychological warfare, when he, the crew, Binghamton, and a war correspondent are captured by a Japanese patrol, while on a mission to bring some Christmas joy to the children of a nearby orphanage.

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Sidney Lanfield
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Anna Lee ... Pamela Parfrey
Noel Drayton Noel Drayton ... The Commander
Cherylene Lee Cherylene Lee ... Tani
Tom Cound Tom Cound ... The Aide
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'Santa' McHale must practice some psychological warfare, when he, the crew, Binghamton, and a war correspondent are captured by a Japanese patrol, while on a mission to bring some Christmas joy to the children of a nearby orphanage.

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Comedy | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: [reading a letter] Now, Luella would like a doll like Dorothy Lamour...
Harrison Bell: Who wouldn't? She'll have to settle for a McHale doll with brass diapers.
Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: ...and send Samlou a sled.
Ensign Charles Parker: Well, we had to fake that, Skip. How about this, though? A Flexible Flyer surfboard!
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I'm a softy for these types of shows
17 October 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this enjoyable Christmas episode, McHale's crew is going to deliver gifts to a group of orphans on a nearby island that's run by a British lady named Pamela Parfrey (Anna Lee). The crew has decorated PT 73 and also stolen some turkeys from the mess hall so that the children will have a full Christmas dinner that evening.

It just so happens that a United Press War correspondent has arrived to do a story on the base and at first Binghamton wants the reporter there so that he can witness the court martial of McHale. But when the reporter hears that the men from PT 73 are going to make the day bright for some orphans, the story changes and also the reaction of Binghamton.

When the crew lands on the island with their gifts, they find that the Japs have beaten then to the area. Now Santa, McHale, is being held by the Japs as PT 73 pulls into the lagoon to start the Christmas party. They also have no idea that the Japs have them in the cross-hairs.

Anytime you have a holiday theme show with some orphans and the hope of goodwill, we all seem to turn into softies. And for me, this always brings out an emotion that has been a part of me since childhood. It was nice to see the ever-beautiful Anna Lee playing the school teacher as her acting ability always enhances any show were she appears. A nicely written script that was entertaining, even if politically incorrect at times, to watch. Good show.


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