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Operation Mad Ball1957

Operation Mad Ball (1957)





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In this frantic service comedy, a group of bored-to-tears American GI's stationed at a medical facility in France would like nothing more than to have a big party to let off steam -- except for the possibility of having a big party with some of the nurses they work with. However, it seems that the nurses are officers and the GI's are enlisted men, which means the Army forbids them to socialize, and Capt. Locke (Ernie Kovacs), the camp's Commanding Officer, is not a man to bend the rules. But Private Hogan (Jack Lemmon) is not the sort of guy to let the rules get in the way of a good time, and with the help of Yancy Skibo (Mickey Rooney), a sergeant with a talent for scaring up needed supplies, and Mme. LaFour (Jeanne Manet), a local hotel manager with a soft spot for making money off American servicemen, Hogan hatches a plan to make his dream a reality. Hogan's lady friend, Lt. Betty Bixby (Kathryn Grant), isn't quite as convinced as her beau on the potential success of this scheme. Operation Mad Ball was the first directorial effort from former actor Richard Quine, and afforded Jack Lemmon his first starring role; Blake Edwards also contributed to the screenplay.


Jack Lemmon
as Pvt. Hogan
Ernie Kovacs
as Capt. Paul Lock
Kathryn Grant
as Lt. Betty Bixby
Arthur O'Connell
as Col. Rousch
Mickey Rooney
as M/Sgt. Yancy Skibo
Dick York
as Cpl. Bohun
James Darren
as Pvt. Widowskas
Roger Smith
as Cpl. Berryman
William Leslie
as Pvt. Grimes
Sheridan Comerate
as Sgt. Wilson
Jeanne Manet
as Mme. LaFour
Bebe Allen
as Lt. Johnson
Mary LaRoche
as Lt. Schmidt
Dick Crockett
as Sgt. McCloskey
Paul Picerni
as Pvt. Bullard
David McMahon
as M/Sgt. Pringle
Otto Reichow
as German Prisoner of War
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Critic Reviews for Operation Mad Ball

All Critics (1)

This fast and lively army comedy deserves a further commendation here, despite a few rather gruesome bits in a morgue. Jack Lemmon, Kathryn Grant and TV's Ernie Kovacs are amusingly on hand.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Operation Mad Ball


Strictly pedestrian effort despite cast of talented actors who have all made much better films then this. Indifferently directed and it just sort of ends without a real finish.

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