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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)

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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: We may be pink, and coming in by the grace of a woman's brassire, but we're coming in!


Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: I don't want to bore you with the problems of command, Mr. Holden, because I doubt you'll ever have one. It's inconsistent with that philosophy of yours - every man for himself.
Lt. Nicholas Holden: Dog eat dog.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: Exactly. The unfortunate thing about command, though, Mr. Holden, is that the responsibilities outweigh the privileges. Now if it was just myself I was concerned with, I'd tell you what to do with that list. But my responsibility is this boat, and to get her out of here I'd even make a pact with the devil.
Lt. Nicholas Holden: That's where I come in.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman: That's right.


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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'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.
Bob Hope always said it was his biggest regret that he turned down this movie.
Nurse Barbara (Dina Merrill), the love interest for Tony Curtis' character, was played in the 1977 remake by Curtis' daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis.
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