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The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1961)

Jack Lemmon , Ricky Nelson , Richard Murphy  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund, Chips Rafferty, Tom Tully
  • Directors: Richard Murphy
  • Writers: Richard Murphy, Herbert Carlson, Herbert H. Margolis, William Raynor
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TSZHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" on IMDb

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Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson get that sinking feeling when they pilot THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY in this hilarious comedy-adventure. During World War II, the Army recruits Navy officer Rip Crandall (Lemmon) to command a battered old schooner for a top-secret mission. Masquerading as a Japanese fishing boat, this nautical nightmare must smuggle a spy through mine-infested waters of the South Pacific. Unfortunately for Crandall, he has inherited a wild crew of butterfingered landlubbers, including First Officer Tommy Hanson (Nelson). Can the dedicated lieutenant whip these comically inexperienced gobs into shape in time to carry out their perilous mission? Starring: Jack Lemmon (2-time Academy Award® Winner, 1955 Mr. Roberts, 1973 Save the Tiger, 8-time Academy Award® Nominee), Ricky Nelson (Golden Globe® Nominee, 1959, Most Promising Newcomer).

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wackiest Ship in the Army April 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I rented this the other day with the full intention of sitting through a rather cheesy comedy from the early 1960s. That is to say, I wasn't expecting much. Jack Lemmon is always a worthwhile watch, and he plays his captain well. And Rick Nelson does a surprisingly effective job of acting, with subtle glances and gestures. Ever the quiet and polite junior officer, you root for the kid with the heart of gold. It is a humorous and entertaining film, with just the right amount of slapstick without becoming too silly, despite the film's title. And there's a bonus...Rick sings in his usual dreamy style. It's good fun for the whole family. Even today.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! March 9, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I must admit that this wasn't the totally hilarious film I expected(most of the humor is contained in the first half of the film), but I found it a good story anyway. I like drama and action, especially in war movies, and this film has both. The story is engrossing, and it has some twists and surprises. I highly recommend it to any war movie fans!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good family movie February 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
So many movies from this time frame are just out of step with modern expectations of entertainment. This one is not. It could be re-released and still find a good audience. If you're looking for a good clean movie that tickles the funny bone of parents AND children this is a good choice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you judged this movie by its title, you might conclude that this was another idiotic, moronic attempt at finding humor in WWII. Not true! this is an entertaining, drama/comedy (there are some humorous scences, but the movie is not slapstick and not like the humor in sit coms). I am not sure if this is based on a true story, but it could have been. The premise is believable. The details of the plot can be found in other reviews.

Yes--the film includes Ricky Nelson, who, while not known as a great actor, does deliver a decent performance. Yes--he does manage to sing one song (his voice is actually fairly good) in the officer's club at the start of the film. The film is mostly Jack Lemmon who does his usual great job. If you don't like Jack Lemmon, you will not like this film.

The real surprise was how good this 1960 film looks on DVD. The transfer is fantastic! Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the picture is sharp and crisp and the colors are perfect! The picture and sound were great on my 46-inch LCD high definition TV, played on a Toshiba 1080p HD DVD player. It is hard to believe that this film was not remastered (there are no claims that it was)--it sure looks that way. The sound is also quite good. Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's that DVD? Oh I see it! May 16, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
His is one outstanding film. It is funny, very funny - a real service comedy and it works on several levels. The cast is first rate. Jack Lemmon and Rick Nelson are perfectly cast. A very memorable movie all around. Fond memories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in the Navy September 29, 2008
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This is not a major war movie,but,it is very enjoyable none-the-less.Jack Lemmon plays a much more competent Naval officer than his Oscar winning role as Ensign Pulver in "Mister Roberts".This time he is given an assignment to take a broken down sailing vessel through Japanese held waters for a special mission to deliver an Australian Coast Watcher to his post on an island in enemy waters.The trip is at times comical and at times exciting.Rick Nelson gives his best acting performance since "Rio Bravo" and is more than competent as the second officer.All in all it is a fun and entertaining movie.Recommended for anyone who likes their WW II movies with some comedy as well as action.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything with Jack Lemmon is worthwhile! May 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have always loved this movie, Jack Lemmon is at his comic best, but it needs to be re-released in a wide-screen format. A lot of this Cinemascope presentation is lost in the current pan and scan version.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite decide what it wants to be... July 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
While I enjoyed parts of this show, it never really came together for me. There were parts that were almost funny, parts that were almost dramatic, and parts that were almost adventurous.
Jack Lenmmons performance in this show doesn't touch his work in "Mister Roberts" or many of his other movies.
If you like adventures and misadventures set in a wartime setting, you may like this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie was and is a classic. The DVD is quality and the sound and color are as expected. I ordered this movie as a gift and the recepient enjoyed it with positive comments.
Published 20 hours ago by beagleboy
4.0 out of 5 stars WHO DOESN'T LOVE JACK LEMMON?!
I remember seeing this movie years ago, on our little black and white TV. It must have been an effort to cash in on the Ensign Pulver movie fun. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Red Head 918
5.0 out of 5 stars That's right...the Army!
I remember see this on at the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan with my parents. It's really a great movie. Lemon and Nelson do a great job, and the plot is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Crotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd...lovers
Nice to see a couple of really great guys doing a really terrific film. Although meant as a comedy, it still has a bit of drama. Good family film as well.
Published 1 month ago by jrddn47
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the classics
A great movie night or Saturday afternoon movie. Sooooooooooo funny and a must for Jack lemon fans. You'll love it.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Mcconkey
3.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy this piece of WWII fluff.
A cute little story with Ricky Nelson singing songs in 60ish style while in a WWII setting. Despite the contradiction of mixing time periods it was nice to not have Jack Lemons... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Douglas
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted WW2 comedy.
Light hearted WW2 comedy following in the success of Blake Edward's Operation Petticoat with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. Perfect venue for Jack Lemmon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew M Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars greatmovie for the price
Work perfect great movie and value I love all 5he old movies easy to find on amazon go assortment of oldies
Published 2 months ago by steve bowdich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie. Perfect casting, good plot and story execution. A nice window into another time with today's issues. Time well spent.
Published 2 months ago by Hyperjump
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Jack Lemmon and Rick Nelson in their prime. You won't be disappointed. Good clean entertainment! A good investment in entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by david
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