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Operation Petticoat [Blu-ray]

Cary Grant , Tony Curtis , Blake Edwards    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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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

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Screen legends Cary Grant (Father Goose) and Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot) ship out for laughs and adventure in one of the most hilarious comedies to ever hit the high seas. The U.S.S. Sea Tiger is on its last legs until the handsome skipper (Grant) and his ingenious, if slightly unethical, junior officer (Curtis) scavenge the parts and supplies needed to put the sub back into action. Forced out to sea prematurely by an enemy air attack, the sub leaks and limps along until five stranded Army nurses come aboard and initiate their own renovations. From one mishap to another, the sub ends up a blushing pink, making it a target for both Japanese and American forces. The two dashing stars lead an all-star supporting cast that includes Joan O’Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Dick Sargent, Arthur O’Connell, Gavin MacLeod, Madlyn Rhue and Marion Ross. The classic comedy received a 1959 Academy Award® nomination for Best Writing (Story and Screenplay written directly for the screen).

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3.0 out of 5 stars lightweight WWII comedy still worth catching Feb. 8 2004
Like submarines, this flick really doesn't have that much keeping itself above the waterline. The USS Sea Tiger is almost completely destroyed when attacked by the Japanese in port in 1941. Through the pluck of its commanding officer, Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) and the scheming of his very un-military XO (Tony Curtis), the stricken sub is pulled together enough to make it out to sea, where it suffers a series of embarrassing misadventures - the crowning indignity being the coat of pink paint it must wear when their isn't enough gray. In between, the sub faces off against a squad of army nurses, a family of Filipino refugees, a goat, and a torpedoed jeep - all without killing a fly. It's not great comedy, but the flick gets by with Curtis as Holden who can always get what he wants, and never wants active-duty (when he tells Grant that he had seen action on a destroyer, Grant is dumbstruck that Curtis ever found time for it between golfing with admirals and dancing at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel). The flick actually belongs to Grant as the prim and perfect Sherman who tries to mold Curtis into a proper officer and finds himself being molded in his likeness instead. (When sailors find their port facilities stripped to provide replacement parts for Sea Tiger, a forlorn admiral concludes that they've witnessed "Sherman's march to the sea".) The leads aside, "Petticoat" is actually a great time capsule of a time in Hollywood when the military was still respected - in more modern flicks, the street smarts of Curtis's character would make him the hero and the wisest of all. But the script makes him a pathetic weasel to be whipped into shape by the proper Sherman, who of course sees right through Holden.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant and Tony Curtis - what a combination Feb. 4 2004
By Emma
Format:VHS Tape
Starring two awesome actors and a great supporting cast, this movie is a lot of fun. For those who've seen Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot (with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon), you may already know that he greatly admired Cary Grant, as his hilarious impression of him in that film shows. In fact, originally Cary Grant was not going to star in this film, but Tony Curtis was reluctant to take second billing to anyone else. Their on-screen camaraderie is fantastic and the way that their friendship develops throughout the film, despite Curtis's characters blatant disregard for navy regulations, is enjoyable. The basic storyline is one of a submarine, with Cary Grant in charge, that is put out of action during WW2 without firing a single missile at the enemy. Grant is determined to get her seaworthy again, and after some makeshift repairs he sets off with his crew to get to a port where proper repairs can be made. However, he has gained an unexpected new crew member in the form of Tony Curtis, an 'ideas' man who has only ever been to sea once, and that was by accident. The self-appointed 'morale' and 'supply' officer uses various dodgy methods to enable the repairs to the sub to take place. And, being a true supply officer, manages to bring aboard some lovely American nurses when the sub puts into a small island temporarily. With the addition of these love interests for the main characters the fun really starts. But I'll leave you to watch it, and enjoy it for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A girdle in the engine room? June 24 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Blake Edwards directs an all star cast in this 1959 world War ll comedy where Cary Grant, Captain of the criticly wounded submarine Sea Tiger, systematicly looses complete control of his comand. Lt. William Holden, played by Tony Curtis, is assigned to Sea Tiger as a replacement officer. The problem is that Lt. Holden has never been on a submarine. He is more suited to entering rumba contests with the Admiral's wife. Showing up on his first day in his dress whites the crew, who are despratly trying to salvage what is left of their boat, begins to laugh and so does the audiance. Lt. Holden proves to be the greatest scavenger in the Navy, and before the trip is over, he proves to be capable of scavenging more than replacement parts. Five Army nurses, one Army prisoner, two pregnant women, a pig, and a goat all come together to sink a truck with a pink submarine. I'll leave it to you to see how it happens You will not stop laughing throughout the movie. This is one you need in you collection. This one gets five out of five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Hands will Emergency Surface with Laughter June 11 2003
My favorite part of this hilarious Cary Grant and Tony Curtis romp was when Tony Curtis reports for duty to a WW II submarine in his dress whites. The rest of the crew -- greasy and grimy from trying to get their critically damaged boat into good enough condition to limp to another friendly base laugh their heads off when looking through the periscope they spot Curtis looking a little out of place on the busy pier. However, much to their surprise, Curtis proves himself invaluable as the boats "Supply" officer who does an unequalled job in "procuring" the badly needed parts for the boat in early supply shortened portion of the war in pacific. Come to find out this smoozing, angle hunting "idea man" who had been on the Admiral's staff and "Champion Rumba Dancer" (with the Admiral's wife) really was a street-wise guy from wrong side of the tracks in NY City.
And to top it off the Boat ends up with stranded Army Nurses all this makes for a great movie -- how the submarine ends up pink and how they torpedo an enemy truck I will leave to you find out. Do yourself a favor and get this movie. What a hoot!-- K.K. Dunn (Submarine Veteran), Kansas City
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic..
Published 1 month ago by Warren kniepkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant Fan
This movie starts out a bit slow but it keeps the laughs all through the film. It may not be your typical Grant film but he still gives a steller preformance. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2011 by J. Jantzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Submarine
This movie is not just about submarines in the war but an absolute hilarious movie about the captain and his crew and how they deal with getting certain parts for this sub and how... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2010 by Donna Laverdiere
5.0 out of 5 stars Who played Seaman Hornsby?
Director Blake Edwards is a master at this sort of movie.

You have seen the basic story many times, however never as funny as this version. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must in Cary Grant Fans
This is a great comedy and a must for Grant Fans. Cary Grant as the commander of a very peculiar submarine sailing thru the Pacific with an even more peculiar crew. Great Movie
Published on May 26 2004 by Serrano
3.0 out of 5 stars The Cast
Tony Curtis and Cary Grant are at their handsomest. You should see Cary in his admiral outfit. But, in my opinion, you may disagree, a very obvious flaw is the weak cast of... Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by Kitschy Kool
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Widescreen
The description on the box says it is widescreen and the DVD is marked widescreen; however, the movie actually on the DVD I received is full screen, not widescreen.
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by Roy I. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars They painted their submarine pink!
A hilarious Cary Grant comedy that works on a variety of levels. Grant plays the beleagured captain of a Navy submarine that gets sandbagged at the raid on Pearl Harbor, hit so... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by DJ Joe Sixpack
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
"Operation Petticoat" is a Great Movie! Both Cary Grant and Tony Curtis a great in thier of submarine Captain and ship's supplies officer who find themselves taking on a... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by M. E. Newell
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