Operation Petticoat (1959)
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Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 3
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Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) visits the submarine Sea Tiger on the morning of its decommissioning and reminisces about his time as the first commander of the boat, in 1941. Three days after Pearl Harbor, the sub is damaged during an enemy air raid in the Philippines; rather than abandoning her, Sherman and his chiefs refloat the boat. He's forced to accept the services of Lt. (jg) Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who has no sea experience. Sherman appoints Holden -- a born conniver,
Jan 1, 1959 Wide
Sep 18, 2001
Adm. Matt Sherman
Lt. Nick Holden
Lt. Dolores Crandall
Lt. Barbara Duran
Maj. Edna Hayward
Robert F. Simon
Capt. J. B. Henderso...
Lt. Claire Reid
Lt. Ruth Colfax
Francis De Sales
Lieutenant Colonel S...
Harry Harvey Jr.
Chief of Demolition ...
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Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing.
Operation Petticoat has no more weight than a sackful of feathers, but it has a lot of laughs.
Not unpleasant, but the situations (including the inevitable invasion of women aboard the sub) are horribly familiar, and the dialogue none too inspired.
The gags are bright and Blake Edwards's direction adroit enough to make Operation Petticoat an enjoyable time.
Without a true plot to speak of, you really watch the film for the comic set ups that all have fairly quick payoffs.
With shining, contarsting turns from Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, Blake Edwards's slick and funny military comedy was one of 1959's most popular films and one of Grant's biggest commercial hits in a long and brilliant career.
A n ice pairing of the talents of Cary Grant and Tony Curtis
Splendid, if a little long, service comedy from Edwards.
Ah, Blake Edwards. I remember when he was not just funny--but really funny.
Vaguely reprehensible but remarkably funny, this wartime comedy may hail from another era, but it's an enjoyably silly romp all the same.
Audience Reviews for Operation Petticoat
- Adm. Matt Sherman: Lt. Holden has reached new heights in the art of scavenging. Like a spider in a web, he sits there and his victims come to him like flies bearing gifts. He's the only man I know who will probably be presented the Navy Cross at his court martial.
- Capt. J. B. Henderson: Mr Sherman, I want my wall back!
- Adm. Matt Sherman: I'm not sure that we have it, Sir!
- Capt. J. B. Henderson: You must have it! You've got everything else!
- Adm. Matt Sherman: 19 December 1941: Repairs progressing. Crew morale high, except for their concern that our supply officer might be caught and shot. My emotions about this are mixed. Lieutenant Holden and Sergeant Gallardo are undoubtedly the world's greatest thieves-- ..scavengers. To paraphrase Mr. Churchill: 'Never have so few stolen so much from so many....' And what they can't find in the warehouses, they improvise.
- Adm. Matt Sherman: Subject, Toilet paper. One: on 6 June 1941, this vessel submitted a requisition for 150 rolls of toilet paper. On 16 December 1941 the requisition was returned with stamped notation, 'Cannot identify material required.' Two: the commanding officer of the USS SeaTiger cannot help but wonder what is being used at the Caviti Supply Depot as a substitute for this unidentifiable material once so well known to this command.
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