Operation Petticoat [VHS] 
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!
Blake Edwards's delightful 1959 comedy stars Cary Grant as a World War II submarine captain whose preference for a 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's best, involving a torpedo and jeep), and graced with his unmistakable lilt. Grant is in great form, his comic brilliance almost impossibly effortless. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film is a great Cary Grant film, unfortunately the DVD was very poor quality with voices out of sync.Published 2 months ago by Hampshire customer
Loved this film. So nice to see a straightforward story with a happy ending.Published 3 months ago by wendy preston
Another one of my favourite movies and Cary Grant is one of my favourite actors, along with David Niven.Published 3 months ago by Canny shopper
don't make um like it today one catch watch it over & over againPublished 5 months ago by ian g wickens