Operation Petticoat (1959)


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Movie Info

Sherman (Cary Grant) is the captain of the old submarine. When junior officer Holden (Tony Curtis) interferes, the sub and crew must transport two Filipino families, a goat, and five army nurses. The film was the pilot for the Operation Petticoat TV series; it was later retitled Life in the Pink.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin, Maurice Richling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2001
Universal Pictures


as Adm. Matt Sherman

as Lt. Nick Holden

as Lt. Barbara Duran

as Lt. Dolores Crandall

as Sam Tostin

as Molumphrey

as Stovall

as Maj. Edna Hayward

as Capt. J. B. Henderso...

as Ernest Hunkle

as Prophet

as Lt. Claire Reid

as Lt. Ruth Colfax

as Williams

as Reiner

as Control Talker

as Crewman

as Filipino Farmer

as Lt. Cmdr. Daly

as Navy Chief

as Lt. Col. Simpson

as M.P. Sergeant

as Marine Lieutenant

as Pregnant Filipino Wo...

as Captain Kress

as Chief of Demolition ...

as Third Class Petty Of...

as Lt. Morrison

as Col. Higginson

as Witch Doctor

as Admiral Koenig

as Filipino

as Soldier

as Fireman Lye

as Capt. J. B. Henderso...
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Critic Reviews for Operation Petticoat

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Operation Petticoat has no more weight than a sackful of feathers, but it has a lot of laughs.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

Not unpleasant, but the situations (including the inevitable invasion of women aboard the sub) are horribly familiar, and the dialogue none too inspired.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's a distinct lack of forward momentum plaguing Operation Petticoat, which takes forever to get going, and even then only moves in fits and starts, plot-wise.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014
The Dissolve

Hasn't aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards' film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | July 21, 2014
Groucho Reviews

The gags are bright and Blake Edwards's direction adroit enough to make Operation Petticoat an enjoyable time.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Operation Petticoat


The plot of this movie is pretty silly obviously, and the movie is goofy and funny some of the time, but overall it's not that good.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


A lot of good shtick.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Another enjoyable WWII comedy from Cary Grant, and Tony Curtis provides some able support as a hustler who turns his now bright pink submarine into a refugee camp for the inevitable romantic interest. Formulaic but fun.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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