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Operation Petticoat [DVD] [1959]

  • SKU: 25179756
  • Release Date: 07/01/2014
  • Rating: NR
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

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    Operation Petticoat
    Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) visits the submarine Sea Tiger on the morning of its decommissioning and reminisces about his time as the first commander of the boat, in 1941. Three days after Pearl Harbor, the sub is damaged during an enemy air raid in the Philippines; rather than abandoning her, Sherman and his chiefs refloat the boat. He's forced to accept the services of Lt. (jg) Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who has no sea experience. Sherman appoints Holden -- a born conniver, deal-maker, and scrounger (his motto: "In confusion, there is profit") -- as supply officer, and through a series of burglaries and petty thefts he gets the Sea Tiger seaworthy again. Up to this point, the movie is an increasingly amusing service comedy, akin to the lighter moments of Mr. Roberts, running on Grant's wry exasperation and Curtis's cool arrogance, coupled with Arthur O'Connell's periodic sardonic yet optimistic jabs at their situation and Gavin MacLeod's fidgety nervousness. The Sea Tiger puts to sea ahead of the Japanese with a quintet of stranded army nurses aboard. The film shifts to a new level of humor as the officers and crew try to cope with living in close quarters with five attractive women in their midst. Grant gives a very witty performance as a man who is both exasperated by the situation he is in, having to adjust his masculinity to keep it from clashing with the feminine sensibilities of his guests, and also trying to control the mating urges of his men, starting with Holden, who can't stay away from Lt. Duran (Dina Merrill). Complicating matters more is Grant's awareness that the Sea Tiger is a "virgin" -- she has never engaged the enemy, but when they finally do, the accident-prone Lt. Crandall (Joan O'Brien) causes their torpedo to miss a tanker and sink a truck (probably the funniest sight gag in the movie). The boat also gets an accidental coat of pink paint when their supply of red and white runs low, and ends up carrying several Filipino families -- including two pregnant women. Since neither the Japanese nor the Americans officially has a pink submarine, the Sea Tiger ends uphunted by both sides and come under attack by an American destroyer. That's where the women's presence becomes a godsend. The movie ends 18 years later, with Holden a serious career navy man and responsible father, married to Duran, and Grant married to Crandall, who is as accident prone as ever. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Cary Grant
      Cary Grant - Adm. Matt Sherman
    • Tony Curtis
      Tony Curtis - Lt. Nick Holden
    • Joan O'Brien
      Joan O'Brien - Lt. Dolores Crandall
    • Dina Merrill
      Dina Merrill - Lt. Barbara Duran
    • Gene Evans
      Gene Evans - Molumphrey



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun & Light Hearted View of WWII

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      nemesis4570

      Tony Curtis and Cary Grant are at their best. Interacting and showing they are capable of. The story is fun and light hearted. Taking nurses during WWII and placing them on a submarine usually causing problems under normal circumstances, add an off color and you get great fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      If they had cleaned up. .

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      EricC
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      If they had cleaned up and worked on the movie it might have improved my experience. I have LOVED this movie for decades. If you just don't have it I would say buy the blu-ray version if it is cheaper. Sink that truck!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great classic

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      Kevin
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      A great movie with some notable actors that brings together some great movie moments … war has always been a good background for comedy as it is one of the best ways to make it through it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great old classic

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      skins33
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      Operation Petticoat is a great classic movie for any Cary Grant fan

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Blu-ray movie

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      Williewhatnot
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      More and more classic's are finally being released on DVD in Blu-ray format. I hope there are more to come.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Couldn’t find the movies I purchased anywhere else

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      Debfaync
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      Ordered a few old movies and they came within a week!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      oldie but goodie

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      unkn
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      This is one of my favorite old movies. I'm glad it finally made it to blueray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      Jeffrey42
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      Oldie but still great movie to watch. Just loved it.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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