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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)

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. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: When a girl is under 21, she's protected by law. When she's over 65, she's protected by nature. Anywhere in between, she's fair game. Look out.


Lt. Cmdr Matt T. Serman: You'll have to forgive the men for staring, Mr Holden, but it's unusual to see an Admiral's aide
[indicates the braid on Holden's uniform]
Lt. Cmdr Matt T. Serman: without the Admiral!


Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Subject, Toilet paper. One: on 6 June 1941, this vessel submitted a requisition for 150 rolls of toilet paper. On 16 December 1941 the requisition was returned with stamped notation, 'Cannot identify material required.' Two: the commanding officer of the USS SeaTiger cannot help but wonder what is being used at the Caviti Supply Depot as a substitute for this unidentifiable material once so well known to this command.


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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.
'USS Balao' SS-285 was painted pink and was used for exterior shots in and around Key West. 'USS Archerfish' SS-311 (originally 'USS Archer-Fish', renamed at 1952 recommission) wore the standard colors of gray and black, and was used for interior and exterior shots in and around Key West. 'USS Queenfish' SS-393 was used in opening and closing scenes, and was used for the "at sea" shots filmed in and around San Diego.
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