McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Return of Big Frenchy 

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The French thief and con-artist first talks Binghamton out of a load of Navy supplies, then cons Parker into helping him get them to New Caledonia. McHale and the guys must then follow, rescue Parker, and recover the supplies.

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Sidney Lanfield
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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
Roy Roberts ... Admiral Rogers
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Pepe
Paul Potash Paul Potash ... Seaman Jenkins
George Kennedy ... Big Frenchy
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Storyline

The French thief and con-artist first talks Binghamton out of a load of Navy supplies, then cons Parker into helping him get them to New Caledonia. McHale and the guys must then follow, rescue Parker, and recover the supplies.

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Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1964 (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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Two Academy Award actors are represented: George Kennedy and Ernest Borgnine. See more »

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While Frenchy is unloading his stolen goods at night, he says "I know you're out there McHale". A shot of McHale and his men show a bright sky behind them. Then Binghamton pulls up in a jeep with the lights on, obviously in a darker interior set. See more »

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George Kennedy does a nice job in this story.
3 November 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Big Frenchy (George Kennedy) makes his second appearance as the old pirate friend of McHale. But this time what he has been doing is stealing from US Naval supply stations claiming to be working for the French underground. He has already taken from three stations and now has his eye on the base at Taratupa.

Binghamton buys his story that he is working for the underground on a secret mission and gives him all the supplies that he wants. When McHale tells Binghamton that Frenchy is a pirate that steals his way throughout the Pacific, Binghamton just laughs it off and then sends the PT 73 on maneuver that will get him out of his hair.

When Binghamton finally learns the truth about Big Frenchy, it is too late. The pirate already has the supplies and has taken Ensign Parker as a hostage. They will have to rely on McHale and the PT crew to get the Ensign and the supplies back to base.

George Kennedy did a nice job in this episode playing the wildly and fast-talking Frenchman. He made the character interesting even though he was not the most like person in the show. Kind of a straight forward plot that did not produce and surprises but did make for a nice watch for viewers.


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