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  • 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 (312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0782006787
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on April 5, 2008
Format: DVD
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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By David Rasquinha on June 3, 2002
Format: DVD
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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibson on 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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2002
Format: DVD
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Tyer on July 25, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not a movie review.
I am an older person(68). In my retirement I collect Bluray dvds, mostly from Amazon.
This is my first truly negative review.
Love this movie, know the dialog, two great movie icons!!!
The bluray, however is one of the most overpriced pieces of junk I have ever seen.
No special features, no features whatssoever.
That is bad enough but the quality of the print itself is deplorable.
Scratches, marks are evident throughout.
If this were in the 10 dollar bin at Best Buy, consider it, at 27 dollars run away.
From what I am given to understand, Olive Films which distributed it has the rights to many
old films they are just slapping onto a BluRay disc and calling it a "Bluray"
Avoid this movie and Olive Films like the plague
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phillip C Mackey on February 6, 2002
Format: DVD
"Operation Petticoat" was produced 1959 and was directed by Blake Edwards who would go on to direct the more famous Pink Panther movie sreies. This film starred Cary Grant as Commander Matt Sherman, the captain of the U.S. Navy submarine Sea Tiger and Tony Curtis as his social climbing supply officer. Most of the supporting cast are relative newcomers although many viewers will recognize actors that made their names later on in television like Dick Sargent, Marion Ross, and Gavin MacLeod.
The story revolves around the observations of Commander Sherman and his efforts to get his badly damage submarine and its crew from the Philippines to Australia during the opening days of the second World War. At the start of this trek, Sherman is assigned Nick Holden who initially appears to be incapable of anything but organizing Navy social events but quickly reveals himself to be the most ruthless scrounger even unleashed on a military installion (one base commander laments about being a victim of "Sherman's March To The Sea"). Sherman, however, has mixed feelings about Holden's abilities and his disregard for submarine protocol. Sherman's problems grow more complex when Holden returns from an island recon with five Army nurses who had been stranded there. Much of the comedy in "Operation Petticoat" involves the interaction between the crew and the nurses and the gags between Sherman and the accident-proned Lt. Dolores Crandall (played by Joan O'Brien) are especially funny.
Although some of the script is dated, "Operation Petticoat" is still a very funny movie and except for "A Shot In The Dark" and "Victor, Victoria", it may be the funniest movie Blake Edwards ever directed. The chemistry between Grant and Curtis was very good and it's a shame that they were not used together more. If comedy is your kind of genre, "Operation Petticoat" is essential to your collection.
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