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Operation Petticoat [VHS] [1959]

4.6 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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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: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 12 Jan. 1998
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6XJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,408 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 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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