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The Wackiest Ship in the Army

  • Comedy
  • 1961
  • Richard Murphy (1)
  • 95 mins
  • U

Summary

A naval officer is given the command of an old sailing ship to undertake a very important mission - to transport an Australian agent into enemy waters so he can spy on the Japanese. However, he finds the ship is falling apart at the seams and is manned by a crew that does not know how to sail her. Second World War comedy, with Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund, Chips Rafferty and Tom Tully.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A good idea - a broken-down boat is used as a decoy in the Second World War - suffers from a crippling uncertainty of tone - is it meant to be funny, or isn't it? - in this misfiring comedy. As a screenwriter, Richard Murphy worked on some really interesting films for 20th Century-Fox, including Broken Lance and Compulsion. Here, for Columbia, he proves to be less than the ideal director for his own material, despite the services of an attractive cast headed by the genial Jack Lemmon. Sadly, teen idol Ricky Nelson shows that underplaying is no real substitute for acting ability. The use of CinemaScope is exemplary and the supporting cast is full of welcome faces, but, overall, even though it later spawned a TV series, the film simply doesn't work.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Rip CrandallJack Lemmon
Ensign Tommy HansonRicky Nelson
Commander VandewaterJohn Lund
PattersonChips Rafferty
Capt McClungTom Tully
Josh DavidsonJoby Baker
SparksWarren Berlinger
MaggiePatricia Driscoll
Chief Mate MacCarthyMike Kellin
Lieutenant FosterRichard Anderson
JohnsonAlvy Moore

Crew

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DirectorRichard Murphy (1)

Details

Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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