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Witness Sherman's March To The Sea in "Operation Petticoat",
This review is from: Operation Petticoat (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.