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Operation Petticoat [VHS] (1959)

Cary Grant , Tony Curtis , Blake Edwards  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Joseph Stone, Maurice Richlin, Paul King, Stanley Shapiro
  • Producers: Robert Arthur
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0782006787
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Digitally Remastered. Also, Computer Enhanced Digital Audio Restoration(CEDAR).


This lightweight World War II comedy is an amiable wade through the South Pacific buoyed largely by Cary Grant's effortless leadership as the commander of a crippled submarine and by Tony Curtis's blue-eyed wiles as his street-hustler of a supply officer. The crew dodges the enemy in a barely seaworthy vessel held together with chewing gum and baling wire (and, in one instance, a woman's girdle!) and painted a blushing bright pink. The close quarters get even tighter when the sub takes on five young army nurses, a couple of Filipino families, and a goat. Though it has little of the zany knockabout humor that marks later Blake Edwards hits like The Pink Panther and 10 and it almost wears out its premise at two hours, this easy-sailing comedy rolls along the gentle wakes from one fine mess to another with good humor and a bevy of coy close-quarters sex gags. --Sean Axmaker

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operation Petticoat April 5, 2008
Cary Grant is cast as the commander of the Sea Tiger, a sub held together by a lick and a promise. Tony Curtis is cast as Lt Nick Holden. He was assigned sea duty as a punishment, and is very outside of his element. Since the country is at war, supplies are very scarce, and Holden discovers that he does have a talent in being a thief. If they can't get a requisition filled, Mr. Holden can find it. This crew has one catastrophe after another, and then they get stuck with team of nurses that are stranded. This is a hilarious movie that will make you laugh out loud. The cast is superb, and not just the talent of Grant and Curtis, but all the supporting players.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best June 3, 2002
Operation Petticoat is one of those movies that makes you laugh no matter how many times you see it. The cast is led by none other than Cary Grant as the commander of a decrepit submarine, caught behind the Japanese advance in the Pacific, trying hard to sail her back to safety and repair at a US base. Grant makes a fine picture as a tough yet sentimental commanding officer. In counterpoint is Tony Curtis as a totally amoral rascal with a talent for getting things done, usually by breaking all rules. Despite their mutual dislike, the two have to work together to get the sub home and the result is a truly bizarre voyage. Curtis' expertise in scrounging supplies for the damaged sub extends to a group of stranded army nurses, who predictably create havoc on the submarine. And as the sub approaches safety, it improbably ends up as a maternity ward to the consternation of Grant and the delight of the crew. I would hate to spoil the surprises but let me say the manner of the sub reaching safety is simply hilarious. Of course, all ends well - this is a movie after all - and the right lessons are learned by all. A great movie to laugh over with some superb dialog lines for Grant in particular and a string of great one-liners all around. Highly recommended.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love to laugh, you will love this DVD. July 13, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Tony Curtis and Cary Grant are perfect in this movie.

Cary Grant is the Commander of the Sea Tiger, a submarine with more problems than crew members.

His troubles begin when the sub sinks before even leaving the harbor during a Japanese raid. Commander Sherman (Grant) and his men begin working to repair and bring up their beloved sub despite the fact that their requisition orders rarely are filled.

Due to the fact that some of his men were reassigned to other duties after the raid, Sherman is granted some "replacement's"--enter Lt. Nicholas Holden (Tony Curtis).

Holden is in the Navy not for the purpose of country but for the uniform so he can impress his rich girlfriend back home. Since he is no longer winning the rumba championships with the Admiral's wife he must settle into a role on the Sea Tiger--scavenging for items to repair the sub.

With new and inventive ways of obtaining supplies (taking the wall from headquarters and stealing supplies from beneath the noses of MP's) the Sea Tiger once again becomes sea worthy--barely.

None of the scavenging trouble Nick Holden causes Commander Sherman can even compare to the new passengers he brings aboard: a crew of female doctors, pregnant women and goats.

Cary Grant is charming as ever and deals with the many, many problems and situations thrown at him in such funny ways. Tony Curtis is equally charming and lends very much to this film.

The supporting cast can be likened to the "Down Periscope" crew of 1959. Each character brings something new and unusual to the storyline.

You definitely will not be disappointed if you buy this DVD. I recommend it highly.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - But not for widescreen TV's May 31, 2002
By A Customer
This is by far a movie classic. Lots of great humor from two of my favorite actors Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. If you have a standard TV (4:3 aspect ratio) you will enjoy the widescreen version of this very funny movie.
If, however, you have a widescreen TV (16:9 aspect ratio) this DVD may not be for you. Artisan has chosen to record the DVD in a non-anamorphic format so the best you can do (and still retain the proper vertical to horziontal proportions) is gray bars on the sides and black bars top and bottom.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operation Petticoat January 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is absolutely hysterical! I've rented it from a local video store several times.
If you're in the mood for a laugh watch this. Cary Grant as the straightlaced, straight faced commander of the Sea Tiger a submarine badly damaged by Japanese bombs. He tells his Commander that the Sea Tiger deserves a better record than launched July 1941, sank December 1941, no missions, no prizes etc.
Tony Curtis is the Admiral's aid who is assigned to the Sea Tiger, apparently after angering the Admiral. He and one of the Admiral's wives won a rhumba contest the year before. He shows up in his dress whites for duty aboard a combat ship with a native carrying his golf clubs.
He may not have combat experience and he may look silly wearing his dress whites when he reports for duty aboard a combat vessel badly in need of repairs, but no one can out scavange him.
When the Sea Tiger needs equipment and supplies, it's Lt. Holden that they turn to. He even steals the Commander's wall.
He funds poker games to gain more supplies and equipment.
When a group of Army nurses joins the crew out of necessity, things get even livlier.
The best line in the whole movie comes from Cary Grant. It seems that one of the nurses is extremely klutzy and she shoots off the one torpedo they have which they intend to sink a tanker ship sitting at anchor. Instead of the tanker they sink a truck.
Arthur O'Connell is the engine room chief who hates having females aboard ship, especially when one of them puts her girdle to use in place of a spring or group of springs they need.
No bad language. No violence to speak of but definitely a lot of laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cary Grant & Tony Curtis made a great team in this movie
Published 2 days ago by Robert Pallante
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 days ago by ds
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
One of my 16 year old sons favorites(mine too!) Witty and hilarious!!
Published 6 days ago by DD
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie!!
Showed this at our local Senior Center and everyone loved it.
Published 14 days ago by James A Boulware
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by Eric Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie refreshed on Blu-ray what could be better.
What can you say about a classic like this especially when it has been remastered on Blu-ray for this just made one of my favorite movies even better :-).
Published 19 days ago by Don Raymond Boyce
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucky transfer!
Movie is a classic. Transfer sucked.
Published 21 days ago by philip
4.0 out of 5 stars Love movie! Unhappy with Bluray release!
I watched this blu-ray over the weekend. I love this movie. It has some hilarious scenes. I don't think that the bluray released is any better than the DVD release though. Read more
Published 23 days ago by T. Zeal
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant and Tony Curtis are wonderful.
What can you say when you put two of the most handsome men in Hollywood together. Cary Grant and Tony Curtis are wonderful.
Published 24 days ago by Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great movie and good quality DVD. Shipping took a little longer than expected but there was a holiday weekend involved.
Published 26 days ago by Willie
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