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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Joseph Stone, Maurice Richlin, Paul King, Stanley Shapiro
  • Producers: Robert Arthur
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6AI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,882 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) is skipper of the U.S.S. Sea Tiger, a submarine forced out to sea by an enemy air attack. He is less than impressed by his newly-arrived junior officer, Lieutenant Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who nevertheless manages to scavenge the spare parts and supplies needed to keep the sub in action. Matters are complicated when five stranded army nurses are taken on board, and assist with the renovation. Through a series of mishaps, Sherman's command ends up being painted a conspicuous shade of pink!

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Blake Edwards's delightful 1959 comedy, Operation Petticoat, stars Cary Grant as a World War II submarine captain whose preference for by-the-book command reluctantly yields to certain realities. Chief among those is that Grant's first officer (Tony Curtis, who impersonated Grant that same year in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot), a shameless hustler, is better than the Navy at delivering whatever supplies the ship and crew need to keep going. But when Curtis sneaks a handful of Philippine refugees and several gorgeous nurses onto the all-male sub, the skipper not only has to cool down his crew but deal with an unexpected feminine influence on ship protocol. The film is a great deal of fun, sprinkled with the director's trademark sight gags (including one of Edwards' best, involving a torpedo and a jeep), and graced with his unmistakable lilt. Grant is in great form, his comic brilliance almost impossibly effortless. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is possibly one of my favourite Cary Grant movies. He is absolutely hilarious as the long suffering captain of the Sea Tiger a submarine that has been attacked by Japanese planes.
Tony Curtis stars as Holden his smooth talking lady loving aid who spends his time getting up to all sorts of mischief especially with one of the five nurses who join the crew on board.
The addition of the women create hilarious results. Check out the engine room scenes for a good example of this.
This is one of those feel good movies that you should watch with your family on a sunday afternoon. It will give you a lot of laughs and has a real feel good factor.
The fact that it doesn't have to resort to distastefulness, violence and bad language makes it all the better.
Oh and I don't think you will have never laughed as much as when you see a submarine that's PINK!! Brilliant.I highly recommend this movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
This is one of the great classics and if you're a Cary Grant fan then this is simply a must see.
Cary Grant comes as the submarine captain who is landed with Tony Curtis as his "supply" officer. Tony's methods of acquisition are not always orthodox. At one point, a make-shift casino in the moutains is referred tactfully as the supply station.
Things get complicated when the men rescue a band of US Nurses from an island, but its on eof those laugh a minute movies which you can't regret.
Director: Blake Edwards.
n.b. watch "some like it hot" to see Tony Curtis do an impression of Cary Grant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
You get a great comedy with Carry grant and Tony Curtis. Along with a great cast you see what life in a submarine can be like. Director Blake Edwards is a master at this sort of movie.
Tony Curtis is Lieutenant Nicholas Holden, an executive officer that is not too ept at sea duty but makes a procurement officer with unique abilities and methods of obtaining needed parts. Toss in a few nurses, some goats and you have the makings of an interesting situation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 3 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Firstly, i would like to say that i don't believe that this film is strictly a war film. It's a great comedy film that happens to be based on a submarine during the war.

The basic story, without giving too much away, is that Cary Grant is reading his diary & looking back at his time on a submarine before they take it away as scrap. As the commanding officer, he has to get his boat away from enemy waters but he only has two weeks to do work that will take two months. His crew have been sent to other ships & so he has to make do with what he is given. In comes Tony Curtis!

His only duty is to find the things they need, machinery parts, toilet paper etc & he comes up with some interesting ''finds'' including Ramone, an ex-prisoner & 5 very attractive women!

The insuing mayhem caused by or because of the women officers is very funny & the end result was a real suprise when i first saw the film. (I didn't see it coming!) The scene in the engine room is great where the engineer says to one of the women 'Congress may have made you a Major but God made you a woman & this is still my engine room so get lost.' Or words to that effect!

I can't reccommend this film enough. I'm only 26 & have as much fun as any 20-something does but on a dreary Sunday afternoon or when you're sick in bed you can't beat this in a stack of great films.

Try this out with Father Goose (Cary Grant again), Hobson's choice (John Mills), Some like it hot (Tony Curtis again), your duvet & your favorite thing to eat! (On a wet Sunday, mine's hot milk over wheetabix!) Lovely!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pollyju on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
The film is an old classic.The film is entertaining,funny. It is during World War 2. Somewhere in The Pacific,This brand new submarine, gets sunk in a sneak air-raid,without firing a shot,( THE Submarine is still tied up to the jetty,in port.)the crew don't want to leave it like that so they raise the submarine from where she lies.obviously she is in no fighting condition,in fact the crew are ordered to avoid even life-rafts as they may get sunk again "BY SOMEONE KICKING A HOLE IN IT." The film unfolds of the crew's adventures to get the submarine to a safe port with a skeleton crew,across thousands of miles of enemy held territory.A couple of the crew are heading straight for the brig,(cells on a ship.)But they get away with it because it is for the good of the submarine.! Funny film,one to add to the "CLASSIC" Collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 2 May 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Director Blake Edwards is a master at this sort of movie.
You have seen the basic story many times, however never as funny as this version. The action takes place during WWII in the south Pacific. Cary Grant is Commander Matt Sherman of the Sea Tiger, a not all too gather well submarine in need of repairs and lead paint. Tony Curtis is Lieutenant Nicholas Holden, an executive officer that is not too ept at sea duty but makes a procurement officer with unique abilities and methods of obtaining needed parts. Toss in a few nurses, some goats and you have the makings of an interesting situation.
I was interested in finding out who plays Seaman Hornsby? He was a real pig.
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This is an adorable, brilliant, charming, delirious, enchanting, formidable, grandiose, heart-warming, intelligent, joyful, knee-slapping, lovely, merry, neat, original, perfect, quixotic, ravishing, splendid, terrific, unforgettable, voluptuous, wonderful, (non)xeric(1), yummy, zany war comedy packing MEGATONS of sheer fun.

It begins in 1959, when Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant), commander of all US submarines in the Pacific, comes to visit a last time an obsolete submarine, the USS "Sea Tiger" (a fictional name - no US Navy ship was ever so named), prior to her departure for the scrapyard. Admiral Sherman used to command USS "Sea Tiger" during the WWII and he wants to say goodbye to his old valiant ship. Once on board, he begins to read the old captain's logbook, containing the description of the first and most memorable months he spend with USS "Sea Tiger" during the wartime.

We move then to the war time, the 10 December 1941, to one of US Navy naval bases in Philippines. During a vicious sneak Japanese air raid USS "Sea Tiger" was grievously damaged. And then the film really begins, with the desperate attempts of the whole crew to make their boat seaworthy again, so she can escape from Philippines and go to Australia. When coordinating those efforts, Captain Sherman will have to deal not only with the damage already suffered and with the constant enemy threat but also with two more unexpected calamities: a newly affected to USS "Sea Tiger" horribly incompetent executive officer, Lieutenant Holden (Tony Curtis) and five Army nurses, who are to be evacuated to Australia.
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