McHale's Navy (1964 film)

McHale's Navy is a 1964 American technicolor comedy film based on the 1962–1966 black and white television sitcom McHale's Navy starring Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway and Joe Flynn, which had in turn originated with a one-hour anthology drama starring Borgnine entitled Seven Against the Sea. The film version was directed by series producer Edward Montagne and its supporting cast includes Carl Ballantine, Gavin MacLeod, Jean Willes, Claudine Longet, and George Kennedy.[1] The film was followed by a sequel entitled McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force which did not feature Borgnine or Carl Ballantine. A remake entitled McHale's Navy, was released in 1997 and features an appearance by Ernest Borgnine playing a 75-year old McHale. The filming location for New Caledonia is the same as the one used in the series. For more information on the main characters see the TV series McHale's Navy. The movie was released on DVD for Region 1 on January 31, 2011.[2]

McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy
Directed byEdward Montagne
Screenplay bySi Rose
Frank Gill Jr.
Story byGeorge Carleton Brown
Based onMcHale's Navy
Produced byEdward Montagne
Si Rose
StarringErnest Borgnine
Joe Flynn
Tim Conway
Carl Ballantine
Gary Vinson
Billy Sands
Edson Stroll
Gavin MacLeod
John Wright
Yoshio Yoda
Bob Hastings
Claudine Longet
Jean Willes
CinematographyWilliam Margulies
Edited bySam E. Waxman
Music byJerry Fielding
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 10, 1964 (1964-06-10) (USA)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was released following the end of the second season of the television series.

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Set "Somewhere in the South Pacific" in 1943, Gruber's gambling scheme backfires when he tries to raise money for St Theresa's Orphanage through off-track horserace betting. Heavy bets on the horse "Silver Spot" leaves the crew owing a large sum to sailors and marines. Captain Binghamton is attempting to spy on the illegal operation from the air, but Ensign Parker mistakes his plane for the enemy and shoots it down. The Captain is rescued from a wet landing in the bay, but can't restrict McHale and his crew to base because they have been ordered to report to New Caledonia for a special briefing.

Some time later, when the crew is in New Caledonia, Ensign Parker runs PT-73 into the dock and destroys the dock and cargo of businessman Henri Le Clerc, leaving the crew even more in debt. However, while on a reconnaissance mission to an island the crew comes across Silver Spot who was lost on the island after the horse was being moved from Australia. They decide to enter Silver Spot in a race in New Caledonia to win enough money to pay all their debts. Otherwise, the only way to pay all their debts is for McHale to marry his old flame Margot Monet, also known as Maggie Monahan, who owns a gambling parlor in New Caledonia (but who McHale would rather not marry). They try to disguise the horse with much heavy hair, but when the hair starts to come off during the race they decide to use a smoke screen from the 73 to keep anyone from seeing too much. However, this made it impossible for the racetrack authorities to know who won. But the smokescreen also caused a Japanese submarine to be captured by the 73.

In the end, Le Clerc is so grateful for saving his town he forgives the debt. The crew also receive a reward for rescuing Silver Spot which just happens to be enough to pay the sailors and marines. While all this was going on the PT-73 crew was dogging Binghamton and his aide Carpenter. And just as they were leaving New Caledonia the bashful Parker is kissed by Bouchard and the lightheaded Parker accidentally sets off a depth charge which destroys Le Clerc's dock and cargo again. But rather than marry Monet to pay for the new damage, McHale and crew immediately scramble to get out of New Caledonia.

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References edit

  1. ^ "McHale's Navy". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "McHale's Navy". Amazon.

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