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The Wackiest Ship in the Army1960

The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)





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Hijinks and spyjinks lighten this effective comedy by Richard Murphy, based -- very loosely -- on an actual incident in World War II. The place is somewhere in the Pacific and the not-so-good ship USS Echo, captained by the comic Lt. Rip Crandall (Jack Lemmon), has a very specific assignment. The floating anachronism has to safely carry an Australian spy deep into enemy territory where he will be stationed to report on the Japanese fleet's activities. Since the Echo should have been dismantled and sold for its parts long ago, this assignment is not easy. As the military and its stereotypical traits are parodied with sophistication and sharp humor, the Captain and his motley crew do their best to successfully complete their mission.

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Jack Lemmon
as Lt. Rip Crandall
Ricky Nelson
as Ens. Tommy J. Hanson
John Lund
as Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
Chips Rafferty
as Patterson
Tom Tully
as Capt. McClung
Joby Baker
as Josh Davidson
Mike Kellin
as Chief Mate MacCarthy
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Foster
Alvy Moore
as Johnson
Teru Shimada
as Maj. Samada
George Shibata
as Capt. Shigetsu
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Critic Reviews for The Wackiest Ship in the Army

All Critics (4)

I should have realized that any one who could invent, or endure, such a title might be presumed to have no sense of humor. Such is the case.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

A muddled WW2 slapstick comedy.

July 14, 2017 | Rating: C= | Full Review…

Passable service comedy featuring Rick Nelson.

January 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Wackiest Ship in the Army

This movie isn't as wacky as it sounds, it's actually kind of boring and stupid. I didn't care much for it, but it's not that bad either. It has it's moments.

Aj V
Aj V

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Nothing new from Lemmon here. This is not an example of the military being a good source of humor. Nelson is stiff. The movie can be compared to the junker boat that is sent on a near impossible mission.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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