Operation Petticoat Overview:

Operation Petticoat (1959) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Blake Edwards and produced by Robert Arthur.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingStory by Paul King, Joseph Stone; Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice RichlinNominated
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Operation Petticoat (1959): Blake Edward’s Cheeky Service Sit-Com

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 3, 2020 From 4 Star Films

“On a sub you have to operate in close quarters.” Operation Petticoat positions itself as an easy film to enjoy and a difficult one to love. It’s true Blake Edwards was capable of stirring up breezy even wacky entertainment, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to The Pink Panther to?... Read full article


The Funny Papers: Operation Petticoat (1959)

By Kellee Pratt on Sep 15, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Funny Papers: Operation Petticoat (1959) Operation Petticoat (1959) There are classic comedies that capture the perfect blend of superior direction, cast, writing, and appealing aesthetics. You can tell that it works well when we find ourselves forming nostalgic bonds to such films. Even i... Read full article


Operation Petticoat (1959)

By Beatrice on Nov 29, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Operation Petticoat Directed by Blake Edwards Written by Stanley Shapiro and Maurice Richlin 1959/USA Universal International Pictures/Granat Company Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This is a light-hearted WWII comedy a la Mr. Roberts, with a bit more naughtiness thrown in. Lt. Commander Matt T. Sh... Read full article


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Lt. Nicholas Holden: When I was a kid, I was the victim of the most vicious propaganda. People told me that money wasn't everything and I believed it. Then I found out that the people that were telling me that money wasn't everything were the people who had a lot of money. Now there are two ways you can get money. You can steal it, or you can marry it.


Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Where is Lt. Holden?
Lt. Watson: When the air raid started they took off. All he said was "in confusion there is profit."


Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Have you ever been to sea?
Lt. Nicholas Holden: Yes, Sir. Destroyer duty.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: How did you find time for it?
Lt. Nicholas Holden: It was a mistake, Sir. About a week after I left Honolulu, they got it straightened out.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Who? The Admiral or the Admiral's wife? She must be awfully upset with you stranded out here. That will probably cost her the rumba championship this year!


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Facts about

Jeff Chandler was originally offered the role that went to Cary Grant. Grant himself was at first reluctant to take it, knowing he was much too old to play a wartime captain.
Bob Hope always said it was his biggest regret that he turned down this movie.
Some of the plot points of the movie were based on real-life incidents. Most notable were scenes set at the opening of WW II, based on the actual sinking of the submarine USS Sealion (SS-195), sunk at the pier at Cavite Navy Yard, the Philippines; Cmdr. Sherman's letter to the supply department on the inexplicable lack of toilet paper, based on an actual letter to the supply department of Mare Island Naval Shipyard by Lt. Cmdr. James Wiggin Coe of the submarine Skipjack (SS-184); and the need to paint a submarine pink, due to the lack of enough red lead or white lead undercoat paint.
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