The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)





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Hijinks and spyjinks lighten this effective comedy by Richard Murphy, based -- very loosely -- on an actual incident in World War II. The place is somewhere in the Pacific and the not-so-good ship USS Echo, captained by the comic Lt. Rip Crandall (Jack Lemmon), has a very specific assignment. The floating anachronism has to safely carry an Australian spy deep into enemy territory where he will be stationed to report on the Japanese fleet's activities. Since the Echo should have been dismantled and sold for its parts long ago, this assignment is not easy. As the military and its stereotypical traits are parodied with sophistication and sharp humor, the Captain and his motley crew do their best to successfully complete their mission.
Classics , Comedy
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Columbia TriStar

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Jack Lemmon
as Lt. Rip Crandall
Ricky Nelson
as Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
John Lund
as Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
Chips Rafferty
as Patterson
Tom Tully
as Capt. McClung
Joby Baker
as Josh Davidson
Mike Kellin
as Chief Mate MacCarthy
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Foster
Alvy Moore
as Johnson
Teru Shimada
as Maj. Samada
George Shibata
as Capt. Shigetsu
Naaman Brown
as Goroka
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Critic Reviews for The Wackiest Ship in the Army

All Critics (2)

Passable service comedy featuring Rick Nelson.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

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August 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Wackiest Ship in the Army

This movie isn't as wacky as it sounds, it's actually kind of boring and stupid. I didn't care much for it, but it's not that bad either. It has it's moments.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This World War 2 service comedy is lightly entertaining, largely thanks to a good lead performance from Jack Lemmon, but suffers from a title and opening that sets up expectations for something much more outrageous than what we actually get. Much more adventure than comedy, the film concerns a Navy Officer played by Lemmon who is assigned command of a battered old ship for a top secret mission. The film has some gentle laughs and sympathetic characters and makes for diverting viewing but unless you're a fan of the genre or its two stars it is quite forgettable.

Aidan Brack
Aidan Brack

It would be hard not to be entertained by this light and enjoyable film. The cast is great, Jack Lemmon is always worth watching. Very well produced, good score. It has action, war, comedy, drama, romance and Ricky Nelson even sings!

James Higgins
James Higgins

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