Operation Mad Ball

Operation Mad Ball

Jack Lemmon
Director: Richard Quine Cast: Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
, Kathryn Grant
Kathryn Grant
, Ernie Kovacs
Ernie Kovacs
Richard Quine


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In this frantic service comedy, a group of bored-to-tears American GI's stationed at a medical facility in France would like nothing more than to have a big party to let off steam -- except for the possibility of having a big party with some of the nurses they work with. However, it seems that the nurses are officers and the GI's are enlisted men, which means the Army forbids them to socialize, and Capt. Locke (Ernie Kovacs), the camp's Commanding Officer, is not a man to bend the rules. But Private Hogan (Jack Lemmon) is not the sort of guy to let the rules get in the way of a good time, and with the help of Yancy Skibo (Mickey Rooney), a sergeant with a talent for scaring up needed supplies, and Mme. LaFour (Jeanne Manet), a local hotel manager with a soft spot for making money off American servicemen, Hogan hatches a plan to make his dream a reality. Hogan's lady friend, Lt. Betty Bixby (Kathryn Grant), isn't quite as convinced as her beau on the potential success of this scheme. Operation Mad Ball was the first directorial effort from former actor Richard Quine, and afforded Jack Lemmon his first starring role; Blake Edwards also contributed to the screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/2020
UPC: 0043396572324
Original Release: 1957
Source: Sony Mod
Region Code: ABC
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 16,733

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; 1080p High Definition; English SDH subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Private Hogan
Kathryn Grant Lieutenant Betty Bixby
Ernie Kovacs Capt. Paul Lock
Mickey Rooney Yanccy Skibo
Arthur O'Connell Col. Rousch
Dick York Corporal Bohun
James Darren Pvt. Widowskas
Roger Smith Corporal Berryman
William Leslie Private Grimes
Sheridan Comerate Sgt. Wilson
L.Q. Jones Ozark
Jeanne Manet Mme. LaFour
Mary Laroche Lt. Schmidt
Dick Crockett Sgt. McCloskey
Paul Picerni Private Bullard
David McMahon Master Sergeant Pringle
Otto Reichow German Prisoner of War
James Lanphier Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
William F. Calvert Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Carter Screenwriter
George Duning Score Composer
Blake Edwards Screenwriter
Jed Harris Producer,Screenwriter
Freddy Karger Songwriter
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Charles Nelson Editor
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

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