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PT 109 (1963) was a War - Drama Film directed by Leslie H. Martinson and produced by Bryan Foy.

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PT 109 ( 1963 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 14, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"Nauro Island...Commander...native knows posit...he can pilot... 11 alive-need small boat... Kennedy". So reads the carving on the coconut that sat upon President John F. Kennedy's desk for over twenty years. It's a coconut with a past and the film PT 109 tells the story of this coconut or rather,... Read full article


PT 109 ( 1963 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 14, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"Nauro Island...Commander...native knows posit...he can pilot... 11 alive-need small boat... Kennedy". So reads the carving on the coconut that sat upon President John F. Kennedy's desk for over twenty years. It's a coconut with a past and the film PT 109 tells the story of this coconut or rather,... Read full article


PT 109 ( 1963 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 14, 2015 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

"Nauro Island...Commander...native knows posit...he can pilot... 11 alive-need small boat... Kennedy". So reads the carving on the coconut that sat upon President John F. Kennedy's desk for over twenty years. It's a coconut with a past and the film PT 109 tells the story of this coconut or rather,... Read full article


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Charles 'Bucky' Harris: Good afternoon, sir. Crew's compartment ready for inspection. Harris, Gunner's Mate Second, standing by.
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Good afternoon.
[He looks around, and then opens one of the lockers. On the inside of the door is a picture of a luscious pin-up girl]
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Somebody's kid sister?
Charles 'Bucky' Harris: Sorry, sir.
Lt. John F. Kennedy: He's very sorry, sir.
Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie: Oh, no, no. Don't apologize... the most seaworthy thing I've seen on this boat.


Ens. Leonard J. Thom: [reporting aboard the PT109] Mr. Kennedy? Ensign Leonard Thom, your exec.
[they exchange salutes]
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Oh, hi. Glad to meet you, Leonard.
[they shake hands]
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Welcome aboard.
Ens. Leonard J. Thom: [looking around the boat] How long did they give you to put it in shape?
Lt. John F. Kennedy: Well, we've used about half the time just talking right here.


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Facts about

In the film, PT 109 is Navy gray in color, but the real boat was actually painted dark green when JFK commanded her - to camouflage it when moored along the bushes of the shoreline during daylight.
When President Kennedy saw early footage of parts of the film, his only complaint was that 'Cliff Robertson' was parting his hair on the right, while JFK's hair parted on the left. Robertson dutifully parted his hair on the left for the film.
Mrs Kennedy's preference to play President John F. Kennedy was Warren Beatty.
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