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5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant at his best
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...
Published on 4 Nov. 2000

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Picture Quality
This is a very entertaining film and by rights should be a 5 star rating. However the poor focus on this transfer ruins the enjoyment of the film.
Published on 7 Oct. 2010 by Mr. D. Matthews


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant at his best, 4 Nov. 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cary and Curtis make a wicked team!, 16 Oct. 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars What do you get when you mix white led with red led?, 18 Jun. 2004
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 women stuck on a PINK submarine full of men! Great classic comedy., 3 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Operation Petticoat [DVD] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars operation petticoat., 9 Feb. 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Who played Seaman Hornsby?, 2 May 2005
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars "We may be pink, and coming in by the grace of a woman's brassiere, but by God, we're coming in!", 7 Feb. 2014
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Darth Maciek "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Operation Petticoat [DVD] (DVD)
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. Even worse, one of the nurses, Second Lieutenant Dolores Crandall (Joan O'Brien), an otherwise nice and clever person (cute like a button too) is also UNBELIEVABLY clumsy and accident prone - in fact the crew of USS "Sea Tiger" will soon consider her as a greater threat than Japanese destroyers...)))

Enough said here about the story, the rest is for you to discover.

It was actually Tony Curtis who had the idea for the scenario and proposed a first draft to Blake Edwards - he was also the one to propose Cary Grant for the role of Captain (later Rear Admiral) Sherman. His inspiration for this choice was the 1943 film "Destination Tokyo", in which Grant already played brilliantly a tough but humane, non-nonsense sub-marine commander.

US Department of Defense and US Navy adored the scenario and contributed generously all kind of assistance including no less than THREE WWII-era submarines, which were then still being held in reserve: USS "Balao", USS "Queenfish" and USS "Archerfish". All the three of those subs participated very actively in WWII in Pacific, but the most famous of them was the USS "Archerfish", which on 29 November 1944 sunk Japanese giant aircraft carrier "Shinano" (68 000 tons!). This was and still remains until now the LARGEST warship ever sunk by a submarine...

This film is a pure comedy, not trying to get serious at any moment and therefore even if it is war, nobody on board of USS "Sea Tiger" dies during the film (well, with the exception of Seaman Hornsby) - and the damage this valiant ship inflicts to the enemy is marginal, at best...))) The whole tone of the film is light-hearted and merry, but Blake Edwards avoided the trap of veering into full burlesque and slapstick - and therefore realities are actually mostly respected. The Japanese shoot real munitions and drop real bombs, even if their aim is mostly horrible. The Military Police, although clearly made of not very bright characters, nevertheless tries to do its job seriously. The high ranking officers say and do things that (mostly) make sense and they too really try to do their job.

The efforts to repair and maintain USS "Sea Tiger" also seem pretty realistic, even if they too offer some occasion for humour, because of the very, very poor shape in which initial Japanese attack left this valiant but unfortunate ship. The bureaucratic troubles affecting the crucial supplies and spares were actually inspired by some REAL war time correspondence between infuriated and desperate sub-marine captains and (mostly) competent and well-meaning but frequently completely overwhelmed by war time chaos logistics personnel...)))

For a comedy this is a surprisingly long film - it lasts 124 minutes - but I definitely didn't feel the time passing. To the contrary, at the very end I was very much game for more and indeed in 1977 there was an attempt to make TV series based on this film ("Petticoat Affair") - but it was far from the level of the original and was cancelled after one and a half season.

There is also a logical explanation for the length of this film - USS "Sea Tiger" must travel the whole way from Philippines to Australia while damaged and therefore she goes at slow speed and must stop from time to time for more repairs. To underline the poor condition of the ship Blake Edwards added a recurrent acoustic effect, which is usually not associated with submarines - it opens and closes all successive chapters of this most peculiar odyssey and made me roar with laughter every single time...)))

But the greatest treasure of this highly successful comedy is the kind of humour it uses. Based both on dialogs and on situations, it is very intelligent, subtle, merry, light-hearted and especially NEVER vulgar! There is no villains in this film (well, except for the Japanese, but they always remain at distance) and even if people sometimes say not very clever things or do some not very clever things, nobody is actually ridiculed. In fact, this film is GENTLE and HEART-WARMING from the very first to the very last scene - and that is a greatly precious thing.

The art of doing such gentle and optimistic comedies seems to be somehow lost, as there is very few of them in recent times (I can think only of "While you were sleeping"). I tried to imagine for a moment how would a modern remake of "Operation Petticoat" look - and I shivered with horror...

Bottom line, this is a great treasure of cinema and one of the best comedies I ever watched. A film to buy, watch and keep. Enjoy!

(1) I had to go with (non)xeric, which means (not)adapted to dry environment, because good luck finding another adjective beginning with "x", that could even remotely be relevant when describing this film...
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4.0 out of 5 stars a PINK submarine???, 12 Aug. 2013
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This one of the most enjoyable comedy war films ever made.Quite how war is made into comedy is showing no war at all and this is how it works.I remember seeing this as a kid,and always thought it was called"The Pink Submarine!!".Cary Grant plays a captain who is given the command of the oldest worn out submarine vessel in the fleet.He must get it up and working and underway with the bare essentials and a rag tag of odd characters as his crew.Tony Curtis is assigned as Grants first officer and is basically,the king of cons"A scrounger!!".Along the way,Grant decides to have the sub repainted,but has not got the right color paint,so gets the crew to mix the paint to get a color to cover the newly fitted,with old crap,sub,the results are hilarious as the sub ends up pink with no chance of an overcoat.Along the way,Grant and Curtis pick up stranded nurses from a soon to be occupied japanese island.Love insures,as does many a joke at the nurses expense,not to forget a memorable corset used as a pump spring for poor Arthur O,Connels engineer chiefs equipment.A super maritime comedy which has stood the test of time.A classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Petticoat Pleasure, 17 Sept. 2011
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We first saw this lovely film before we were married and by the time 2011 is out it will be 50 years.Its great to see two stars Cary Grant and Tony Curtis at the top of their game.Some lovely lines totally watchable.Get out the nibbles and sit back a have a good chuckle for a couple of hours.They just don't make em like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old school, kiddie friendly WWII film, 16 April 2013
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I love this film, it's inoffensive fun.

You don't need to be into WWII, or submarines, etc. It's a story about an illfated brand new sub, that gets bombed within months of going into use. The Captain refuses to allow his new baby to be abandoned and blown up to deny the enemy, so he proceeds to limp half way across the Pacific to get to a safe port. This requires the patching, make do and mend only the Navy could muster.

A long story short, he ends up with evacuee Nurses aboard, the boat ends up Pink, and it's simply a relaxing funny film to flop with. Ideal for a flu ridden afternoon, a comfort film, we need more of them.
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