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Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson get that sinking feeling when they pilot THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMYin 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 Japanesefishing boat, this nautical nightmare must smuggle a spy through the mine-infested waters of the South Pacific. Unfortunately for Crandall, he has inherited a wild crew of butter-fingered landlubbers, including First Officer Tommy Hanson (Nelson). Can the dedicated Lieutenant whip these comicallyinexperienced gobs into shape in time to carry out their perilous mission? For gales of laughter, take a riotous cruise aboard THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY!

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, Tom Tully, John Lund, Chips Rafferty
  • Directors: Richard Murphy
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • 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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • 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 (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TSZHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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silly and not too over the top, it is equal to many of the movies about ww2 made at the time. a little singing, a moment of possible romance. its very clear Hollywood got the message after Lawrence of Arabia that you cant have a big budget movie without at least one woman in it so the star can prove he's not gay, otherwise this movie would have been a love story between men, war and boats.
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Hard to believe that the film is more than half century old...and that there will be no new comedies starring Jack Lemmon forthcoming. Having seen the picture many times since it was issued, I expected it to be a bit stale for me. Not in the least. Certainly I have grown more than a bit stale over the intervening years, but the movie remains a delight, if not quite as much as it was when first it saw the light of day. Jack Lemmon, of course, does his thing with perfection and carries the film. Rick Nelson is quite suitable as the young Ensign serving under him, while Mike Kellin does his usual first rate supporting job as the Old Salt. (Interestingly, during WW2, Kellin served as a Naval Lieutenant Commander). Like Lemmon and Nelson, he, too is gone from the scene.
All in all, this is family fare and can be enjoyed by everyone despite its age.
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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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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 politics in one of his movie and for him to actually be an actor instead of a political activist. I always enjoy John Lund. This is a nice little escapism piece.
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