Operation Petticoat

Operation Petticoat

Cary Grant
Director: Blake Edwards Cast: Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Joan O'Brien
Joan O'Brien
Blake Edwards


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Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) visits the submarine Sea Tiger on the morning of its decommissioning and reminisces about his time as the first commander of the boat, in 1941. Three days after Pearl Harbor, the sub is damaged during an enemy air raid in the Philippines; rather than abandoning her, Sherman and his chiefs refloat the boat. He's forced to accept the services of Lt. (jg) Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who has no sea experience. Sherman appoints Holden -- a born conniver, deal-maker, and scrounger (his motto: "In confusion, there is profit") -- as supply officer, and through a series of burglaries and petty thefts he gets the Sea Tiger seaworthy again. Up to this point, the movie is an increasingly amusing service comedy, akin to the lighter moments of Mr. Roberts, running on Grant's wry exasperation and Curtis's cool arrogance, coupled with Arthur O'Connell's periodic sardonic yet optimistic jabs at their situation and Gavin MacLeod's fidgety nervousness. The Sea Tiger puts to sea ahead of the Japanese with a quintet of stranded army nurses aboard. The film shifts to a new level of humor as the officers and crew try to cope with living in close quarters with five attractive women in their midst. Grant gives a very witty performance as a man who is both exasperated by the situation he is in, having to adjust his masculinity to keep it from clashing with the feminine sensibilities of his guests, and also trying to control the mating urges of his men, starting with Holden, who can't stay away from Lt. Duran (Dina Merrill). Complicating matters more is Grant's awareness that the Sea Tiger is a "virgin" -- she has never engaged the enemy, but when they finally do, the accident-prone Lt. Crandall (Joan O'Brien) causes their torpedo to miss a tanker and sink a truck (probably the funniest sight gag in the movie). The boat also gets an accidental coat of pink paint when their supply of red and white runs low, and ends up carrying several Filipino families -- including two pregnant women. Since neither the Japanese nor the Americans officially has a pink submarine, the Sea Tiger ends uphunted by both sides and come under attack by an American destroyer. That's where the women's presence becomes a godsend. The movie ends 18 years later, with Holden a serious career navy man and responsible father, married to Duran, and Grant married to Crandall, who is as accident prone as ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2014
UPC: 0887090079907
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 804

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Adm. Matt Sherman
Tony Curtis Lt. Nick Holden
Joan O'Brien Lt. Dolores Crandall
Dina Merrill Lt. Barbara Duran
Gene Evans Molumphrey
Arthur O'Connell Sam Tostin
Dick Sargent Stovall
Virginia Gregg Maj. Edna Hayward
Robert Simon Capt. J. B. Henderson
Robert Gist Watson
Gavin MacLeod Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn Prophet
Dick Crockett Harmon
Madlyn Rhue Lt. Claire Reid
Marion Ross Lt. Ruth Colfax
Clarence Lung Ramon
Frankie Darro Dooley
Robert Hoy Reiner
Nicky Blair Kraus
John Morley Williams
William Bryant Crewman
Malcolm Cassell Actor
Dale Cummings M.P.'s
Vince Deadrick Actor
Robert Gibson Seaman
Robert Keys Actor
Joseph Kim Filipino
Glenn Jacobson Control Talker
Bob Stratton Marine Lieutenant
Hal Baylor M.P. Sergeant
Francis de Sales Captain Kress
Alan Dexter Navy Chief
Preston Hanson Lieutenant Colonel Simpson
Harry Harvey Soldier
James Lanphier Lieutenant Commander Daly
Nelson Leigh Admiral Koenig
Leon Lontoc Filipino Farmer
Alan Scott Chief of Demolition Crew
Nino Tempo Crewman

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Frank Gross Editor
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Joe Stone Original Story
Ted Kent Editor
Paul King Original Story
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Maurice Richlin Screenwriter
David Rose Score Composer
Stanley Shapiro Screenwriter
Frank Shaw Asst. Director
Robert Emmet Smith Art Director
Clifford Stine Cinematographer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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