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4.0 out of 5 stars Disney clowning, 9 Feb. 2010
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Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, and Phil Silvers set sail for laughs with an all-star cast and crew, now on Disney DVD! The comedy never runs aground when the Coast Guard's cockeyed Ensign Garland (Morse) takes command. It's sink or swim as the accident-prone ensign goes overboard for Kate (Powers), steams after a trio of naughty nautical jewel thieves, and navigates the wake of mishap after mishap on one of the funniest waterways ever. Come aboard for a pleasure cruise of classic Disney clowning that's awash with fun from ship to shore!

STORY: A seasoned Coast Guard Lt. Jordan (Joey Forman) is transferring out of one of the craziest, most crowded recreational harbors in the US coastlines, Newport Beach Harbor, California. Robert Morse stars his bumbling new replacement, Coast Guard Ensign Thomas Garland. This wacky movie is about the trials and tribulations faced by those rescuers at sea that must save the amateur weekend boaters (beatniks) from themselves. The great Don Ameche stars as the tough area Commander who served with Garland's father, a famous Admiral, so he has high expectations of Garland Jr. On the other hand Garland feels that he is jinxed to live in his father's shadow, contributing to his bad luck. Kate (Stefanie Powers) runs a local boat rental and sailing school. After rescuing him from his own wreck, she gets romantically involved with the Ensign as they must join forces to catch some jewel thieves. Phil Silvers, Mickey Shaugnessy, and Norman Fellstar as the 3 bumbling jewel thieves on the run from the police.

BEHIND THE SCENES: The movie promotional poster at the time said, "Here comes those marina madcaps who go down to the sea every weekend ...down, and down, and down, and down, and down". This movie is simply loaded with visual sight gags and slapstick comedy. During the opening credits alone there are 4 funny mishaps and rescues. Bob Haskins as Chief Walsh. Chiyoko Kuni as the Japanese geisha, Joe Flynn, Wally Cox, Tom Lowell, Vito Scotti, Sammy Jackson, Joe Ross, Judy Jordan, Al Lewis. Kelly Thordson is the police officer on a motorcycle, a role he played in 5 Disney films. Many of the actors appeared in other Disney comedies of the period.
Directed by Norman Tokar, who directed 15 films and TV movies for Disney Studios, from 1961 until his untimely death in 1979. His titles include "The Cat from Outer Space", "The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit", "The Ugly Dachshund", "Rascal", and "The Apple Dumpling Gang". Screenplay by Arthur Julian and Marty Roth. The studio filmed extensively on location at Newport Beach in California and its marina, in addition to shooting scenes at the Disney studio backlot, soundstages, and in a water tank to simulate the sea. Many stuntmen were used in the multiple scenes of boats that capsized.
First released to theatres on July 1, 1970, and it was well received by the drive-in movie crowd, who were going to see surf and bikini movies. Even dads who sometimes shunned family movies wanted to see the boating hi-jinks, as boating was a popular fad at the time. Disney studio composer Robert Brunner worked with Bruce Belland to co-write the title song. 100 minutes in length. Aired on the "Wonderful World of Disney" TV show in a 2 hour special format on November 12, 1978 and again on June 2, 1991. Released to video for the first time in 1984.

Nice and simple movie you can watch with your children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise fpor The Boatniks, 1 May 2013
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Although this film is by no means a cinematic masterpiece it is great fun and has a great cast. Completely of its time, it paints a sunny picture of Balboa, California in 1970. Check out Norman Fell's boating attire...pure class. A film for all ages to enjoy from an interesting period of the Disney timeline.
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