Operation Petticoat [VHS]
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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.
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.
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
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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I saw this movie the first time at the drive in with my parents in the 60's, when it came out.
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This is a very good movie. It is a replacement the one I have on VHS.Published 7 days ago by Berndt C. Yhnell
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