The Horizontal Lieutenant (1961)





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Although the talented cast in this uninspired comedy do the best they can with their lines, nothing quite brings The Horizontal Lieutenant to an upright, stand-up-and-take-notice presence. Paula Prentiss as Lt. Molly Blue and Jim Hutton as Lt. Merle Wye are once again paired, this time as officers in action in the Pacific at the end of World War II. Lt. Wye is given the challenge of bringing in a lone Japanese hold-out on an island that was taken by the American forces many months earlier. Though the situation has great potential, pratfalls and the most obvious gags take the place of a more sophisticated humor.
Comedy , Romance
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Jim Hutton
as Lt. Merle Wye
Paula Prentiss
as Molly Blue
Jack Carter
as Billy Monk
Jim Backus
as Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag
Charles McGraw
as Col. Charles Korotny
Yoshio Yoda
as Sgt. Roy Tada
Marty Ingels
as Yeoman Buckles
Lloyd Kino
as Sgt. Jess Yomuru
Yuki Shimoda
as Kobayashi
Linda Wong
as Michido
Argentina Brunetti
as Mother Superior (uncredited)
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Silly but a charmer.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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★★ (out of four) Amiable, but fairly dull comedy with Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss. It's World War II and more action is happening between the sexes than on the battlefield. Jim Hutton plays Lieutenant Wye. It is the end of World War II in the Pacific. Wye is assigned to bring in a Japanese lone hold-out on an island. He and another lieutenant (Paula Prentiss) romance each other. I love Paula Prentiss, but she can't make the film very interesting. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Cute but unspectacular military comedy. Winning cast though. Paula prentiss is most always enjoyable. Jim Hutton does a good job. Decent supporting cast. But, the film is on the stupid side.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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