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Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 1959 (UK)
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

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Cast

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Lt. Dolores Crandall RN
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Ens. Stovall (as Richard Sargent)
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Robert Gist ...
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Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn ...
The Prophet
Dick Crockett ...
Harmon
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Lt. Reid RN
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Lt. Colfax RN
Clarence Lung ...
Sgt. Ramon Gillardo (as Clarence E. Lung)
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Storyline

A submarine newly commissioned is damaged in the opening days of WW II. A captain, looking for a command insists he can get it to a dockyard and captain it. Going slowly to this site, they find a stranded group of Army nurses and must take them aboard. How bad can it get? Trying to get a primer coat on the sub, they have to mix white and red in order to have enough. When forced to flee the dock during an air attack, they find themselves with the world's only Pink submarine, still with 5 women in the tight quarters of a submarine. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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20,000 Laughs Under The Sea! See more »

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Comedy | Romance | War

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1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas y tiburones  »

Box Office

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$23,300,000 (USA)
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A submarine based at Cavite, the USS Seadragon, did go on patrol with a red paint job. Her original black paint was damaged by fire in the air raid, and ended up peeling off while she was on patrol. She ended up sinking three Japanese ships during the time her paint was peeling, leading Tokyo Rose to make broadcasts about "Red pirate submarines." See more »

Goofs

The map on the wall of the office where Cary Grant and his superior are discussing the damages the submarine suffered during the Japanese raid at the beginning of the movie is clearly a mid '50s world map. The borders of European countries are clearly post war and the same about India and Pakistan that didn't exist as countries on 1941. See more »

Quotes

[finding water all over the floor]
Lt. Nicholas Holden: Excuse me, sir, is this normal, or should I be nervous again?
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Crazy Credits

Opening sequences as viewed through a periscope with cast and crew as various sea creatures. See more »

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Referenced in White Collar: Prisoner's Dilemma (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

By the Old Mill Stream
(uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
Sung at the New Year's Eve party
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Among the Finest Blake Edwards films made.
14 February 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I have read this film called "fluff" with which I can most certainly not agree. I first saw in in first run forty seven years ago and it remains just as fresh and delightful today after many more viewings. Tony Curtis is at his very best in this picture as a shore-side con man reassigned to sea duty aboard the USS Sea Tiger in the opening days of WWII. Suave Cary Grant is as always flawless in his performance as the captain of the badly damaged sub, trying to keep it in the war with bailing wire and sealing wax. Edwards uses tight camera shots, well cut to maintain the illusion of the claustrophobic conditions of the sub, and witty dialog to keep the plot rolling. The chemistry between the principals and the supporting cast make this one of the best ever. That Edwars would go on to many other comedy triumphs is not at all surprising after seeing this film. I must see for anyone with a funny bone.


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