When it arrives in , , Crandall is supposed to train a replacement to deliver a named Patterson to a location only a can reach. He is so good and so likable here, you forget little things like a romantic subplot that never pans out. The cast is great, Jack Lemmon is always worth watching. Upon reaching their destination at the top of the mountain, Tommy and the others spot a Japanese convoy heading toward the cape and hurry back to the Echo. Saw it this afternoon at home with the kids.
The Echo is assigned to land an Australian coast watcher on an islandoccupied by the stereotypically portrayed Japanese more Japanese officerswith U. Aware that by refusing to sign his commission papers, he can escape serving on the Echo , Crandall conveniently leaves his papers behind and goes to see Cmdr. The breezy feel of the film is helped by an almost complete lack of plot. It was returned to New Zealand in 1944. The movie never explained any connection between the ship and the Army, puzzling some viewers. Another light moment that is not pounded into the ground- the men dress as natives, complete with grass skirts and coconut shell bras, to fool the enemy into thinking they are a local trading ship.
The laughs come as he tries to whip this crew into somekind of shape before the mission. I taped the movie even though i haven't seen it, maybe it's because it's got jack lemmon in it, i feel that happens to others, people having a favourite actor or actress or even both and taping one of their movies when they haven't seen it. A reserve officer who was a dapper yachtsman in California before the war, Lemmon is assigned to command a sailing vessel with barely functioning auxiliary mechanical propulsion. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. However his naivety in this department somehow added charm to this movie. In this 1961 film he dons the navy uniform again, this time as a lieutenant senior grade.
Jack Lemmon is excellent here in a sort of Ensign Pulver sequel. The premise is strong, it had the potential to make you laugh? While I didn't want these two central characters to fall within the Hollywood cliché circle, I did want some comfort? The suspense about the mission is often undermined by a reliance on stock footage to show battle scenes. Jack Lemmon never fails to impress, but after all this time I now realise that Ricky Nelson although a great loss to the music world wasn't the greatest of actors. Suffice to say that with the aid of inexperienced but promising young officer Ricky Nelson and no-nonsense chief mate Mike Kellin, the crew silence their detractors and unwittingly undertake a secret mission in enemy waters. The last third of the picture oddly shifts to something resembling drama as the mission unfolds, but it's an awkward fit and one has to wonder what the intention of the makers was from the off.
Ricky Nelson as Tommy Hanson , an expert at quip delivery, is given almost nothing to do. It's too bad Hollywood stopped making war flicks like this one. His character, the most capable non-captain apparently in the entire Army? Hanson takes Crandall out drinking with some of the men so he'll feel guilty about abandoning them. Alas, none was present, and instead we had two actors just play their part all the while collecting their paycheck. On the day of their departure, as the Echo pulls out of the harbor, it nearly collides with two oncoming destroyers. The loveinterest is interesting and the beleaguered officer who we all feel for issuccessful in the end. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives - if only they can get there in one piece.
But yeah, I can see how that might be confusing. The Echo is assigned to land an Australian coast watcher on an island occupied by the stereotypically portrayed Japanese more Japanese officers with U. The Navy must have really liked the script. Sure, there were scenes that attempted at comedy i. What he was though was avery good singer and he does get to sing Do You Know What It Means toLeave New Orleans which sold a few platters back in the day. I have always loved jack lemmon's movies because he was such a great actor and a great comedian. It achieved this by apart from the ship's appearance sailing under false colours it would fly the flag whenever it entered enemy waters.
With the comedy ship sinking, the film becomes more dramatic; and, much more enjoyable. Overall, I have to admit, this was a horrid film. When the electric winch misfires, making the vessel difficult to control, the Echo nearly hits the dock, where it is met by the derisive Foster who insults both the ship and its crew. The crew survives to be rescued, and Crandall is given command of a modern whilst Hanson gains command of a for their role in helping to win the. I think the wackiest ship in the army is a fantastic movie, I first watched this on 1st July 2004, and i thought it was a good comedy movie, jack lemmon is my favourite actor. I have taped quite a few films and bought films with jack lemmon in that i haven't seen. The idea behind this film, a Navy man has to sail his way into enemy territory using a crew that knows nothing about actual sailing and ultimately asked to save the day.
Many died, some after being tortured by their captors. Ricky Nelson was never the greatest actor going, but he was their forthe teenage girl market at the box office. It felt as if the writers had to produce a script in three days, or they would lose their jobs. Why waste such a talented actor on a script that had larger holes than those written by Louis Sachar. The writing unleashes the usual staples of people banging their heads on things, falling overboard and pulling exasperated looks from time to time. The pathetic attempt at danger, attempting to build any suspense especially during the mine field gimmick, was devastatingly bad. I will always be a fan of jack lemmon because he made such great movies and did fantastic ones with Walter Matthau who i think is a good comedian actor as well as jack.
None of the characters, even Lemmon, are worth viewing. The man had 17 Top Ten hits in his career! However I find it strange that the part couldn't have been given to a genuine Aussie. Here's a quiz for the sharp-eyed. This is a good film for renting. Navy is promoted to his first command and arrives in a hidden harbor in the South Pacific, where he surveys a flotilla of destroyers.
This is a comedy, yet we are watching actual footage of war, and this is a little unsettling. Jack Lemmon had just come off Some Like It Hot and The Apartment so hewas hot box office back then. Douglas MacArthur has ordered that the Echo be delivered to New Guinea, a journey that will take the boat across 400 miles of open water, and that Crandall, a former yachtsman, is just the man for the job. Sneaking on deck, Crandall swings the boom into a row of Japanese soldiers, knocking them overboard. The basis for the film is to thrust the bemused Lemmon onto a past its sell by date schooner, and surround him with sea-faring characters who don't know a stern from a mast.