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The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)

G | | Comedy, War | 8 May 1968 (USA)
During WW2, Sgt. O'Farrell's Pacific unit is demoralized when a Japanese submarine torpedoes an American supply ship containing beer.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Robert M. Fresco (story), John L. Greene (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bob Hope ... Sgt. Dan O'Farrell
Phyllis Diller ... Nurse Nellie Krause
Jeffrey Hunter ... Lt. (j.g.) Lyman P. Jones
Mylène Demongeot ... Gabby
Gina Lollobrigida ... Maria (as Miss Gina Lollobrigida)
John Myhers John Myhers ... Lt. Cmdr. Roger Snavely
Mako ... Calvin Coolidge Ishimura
Henry Wilcoxon ... Rear Adm. Arthur L. Stokes
Dick Sargent ... Capt. Elwood Prohaska
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Pvt. George Strongbow
Michael Burns ... Pvt. Johnny Bannon
William Wellman Jr. ... Cpl. Kennedy
Robert Donner ... Marine Pvt. Ogg
Jack Grinnage ... Pvt. Roberts
William Christopher ... Pvt. Jake Schultz
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Storyline

Sgt. O'Farrell an Army soldier on an island in the South Pacific during World War II is trying to bring the two basics of life to his fellow servicemen, women and beer. The supply ship carrying the beer is torpedoed and the contingent of nurses consists of six males and ugly nurse Nellie Krause. If he could at least try to salvage the shipment of beer. Written by laird-3

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War is Heck! Hic Hic Hooray! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación cerveza See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

As is typical of Hope's period comedies, there are many anachronistic gags in the film; e.g. references to television re-runs, a reference to Burt Lancaster in 'From Here to Eternity', the hairstyles of the women and the bathing suit worn by Gina Lollobrigida. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Dan O'Farrell: Snavely's at the Crosby double feature, so it's a cinch he's asleep.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Body (1969) See more »

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Welcome Pretty Lady
Written by Sidney Miller and David Saxon
Performed by Bob Hope and the cast
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Ratty little comedy belongs in the brig!
21 May 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Arguably Bob Hope's worst comedy (and that includes some heavy competition). Stuck on an island with sailors, Hope's Sgt. O'Farrell dreams aloud of being in a bathtub with a geisha girl "steering his ship." Somebody certainly steered this Hope-hackery over the cliff, as it features Phyllis Diller and Gina Lollobrigida and still can't work up any laughs or excitement. Frank Tashlin is to blame for the lax direction (he also had a hand in the screenplay, though I have no idea why he wanted the credit). Alan Stensvold's cinematography is an eyesore, and Hope has never seemed so square and bland. Where's Bing Crosby when you need him? NO STARS from ****


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