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McHale's Navy (1964)

TV-G | | Comedy, War | June 1964 (USA)
The hilarious misadventures of the crew of PT-73 during World War II in the Pacific.

Director:

Edward Montagne

Writers:

Si Rose (story), Frank Gill Jr. | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker
Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Gary Vinson ... Quartermaster George Christopher (Christy)
John Wright John Wright ... Willy Moss
Carl Ballantine ... Torpedoman Lester Gruber
Billy Sands ... Motor Machinist Mate Harrison Bell
Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
Gavin MacLeod ... Seaman Joseph 'Happy' Hanes
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
Jean Willes ... Margot Monet
Claudine Longet ... Andrea Bouchard
George Kennedy ... Henri Le Clerc
Marcel Hillaire ... Chief de Gendarmes
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Storyline

The crew of PT-73 get into trouble when they back the wrong horse in a race. Now they have to come up with a way to raise the money to pay off the winners. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Their first full-length motion picture in color !

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La flotte se mouille See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's PT-73 was a British-designed seventy-foot Vosper MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat) built under license in the U.S. for export to Russia. World War II ended before the boat could be sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was used for shots of the PT-73 underway at sea, while a full-scale mock-up was used for studio scenes. The real PT-73 in World War II II was a seventy-eight-foot Higgins PT boat, assigned to the U.S. Navy's MTB Squadron 13, and was placed in service on August 12, 1942. PT-73 was destroyed to prevent capture after running aground while delivering supplies to guerrillas near Lubang Island in the Philippines, on January 15, 1945. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, a helicopter fly-by shot zooms in on the PT-73, showing McHale and a seaman (in blue shirt and white sailor hat) at the helm. In the next shot, as the PT-73 pulls up to an island dock, McHale and Ensign Parker are at the helm. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: An American PT crew with a hot Australian horse in a French race with a Japanese jockey... NO war was ever like THIS!
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Connections

Follows Alcoa Premiere: Seven Against the Sea (1962) See more »

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4 July 2011 | by goultar1See all my reviews

Thanks in large part to Joe Flynn, this movie was by far the funniest movie I have ever seen in my life! During the scene when Captain Binghampton was in a jeep going down a hill and he ended up being thrown out of the jeep and onto a buffet table, I was laughing so hard and long that I ended up rolling in the aisle for a half hour. I was laughing about the movie for days after that! Joe Flynn a.k.a. Jolly Wally Binghampton was the most underrated performer of all time, and as a comedian he beats everyone. He was a true giant of the industry, and it is a shame he was not on the screen more.

Tim Conway and Ernest Borgnine were very good, too, and it is amazing that in real life you would never picture Tim Conway in the role of a dim witted clown.


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