History Film / OperationPetticoat

21st Aug '17 11:36:00 PM YT45
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The movie begins with Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) making a sentimental visit to his first command, which is due to be scrapped. He goes down to the empty Captain's cabin, opens the old log book and begins to read. Cue flashback to December 10th 1941. The ''Sea Tiger'', part of the Asiatic Fleet stationed at Cavite, is sunk at dock and Lt. Commander Matt Sherman and his crew works frantically to jury-rig sufficient repairs to make the run from the Philippines to Darwin, Australia where the Asiatic Fleet is regrouping with Allied forces. Lt. Nick Holden (Tony Curtis) is a reassigned Admiral's Aide with no sea experience who proves unexpectedly useful as the new [[TheScrounger 'Supply Officer']] getting Sherman the parts he needs by humorously unscrupulous means.

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The movie begins with Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) making a sentimental visit to his first command, which is due to be scrapped. He goes down to the empty Captain's cabin, opens the old log book and begins to read. Cue flashback to December 10th 1941. The ''Sea Tiger'', part of the Asiatic Fleet stationed at Cavite, is sunk at the dock by Japanese bombers. With the Japanese rapidly advancing across the island and the only alternative being to scuttle what's left of the boat and join the holdouts at Bataan, Lt. Commander Matt Sherman and his crew works work frantically to jury-rig sufficient repairs to make the run from the Philippines to Darwin, Australia where the Asiatic Fleet is regrouping with Allied forces. Lt. LTJG Nick Holden (Tony Curtis) is a reassigned Admiral's Aide with no sea experience (well, he was on a destroyer for a couple of days before they got it worked out) who proves unexpectedly useful as the new [[TheScrounger 'Supply Officer']] getting Sherman the parts he needs by humorously unscrupulous means.


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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Submarine]]: USS ''Sea Tiger'' is brand-new (commissioned in 1940, according to Sherman), but is badly damaged (''sunk'', if you want to be specific) by the air raid on Cavite. For the rest of the movie, she is literally held together with duct tape, using scavenged drain pipes, car parts, and [[ItMakesSenseInContext women's underwear]] to jury-rig temporary repairs until such time as they can get her back to a shipyard.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Hollywood censorship of 1959 forbade the depiction or discussion of any kind of toilet, which the movie circumvented by using naval jargon (the "head") and not showing the actual toilet itself, despite a couple of rather obvious discussions.


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* ShownTheirWork: The level of detail and accuracy depicted in the operation of a WWII fleet submarine is pretty impressive, especially for a comedy.
21st Aug '17 12:29:52 AM YT45
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* EmbarrassingTattoo: Poor Seaman Hunkle, he's got a female nude tattoed on his chest and feels he can ''never'' go home and marry his fiancee.

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* EmbarrassingTattoo: Poor Seaman Hunkle, Hunkle once got blackout drunk, and now he's got a female nude tattoed tattooed on his chest and feels he can ''never'' go home and marry his fiancee.
21st Aug '17 12:27:25 AM YT45
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* GenreShift: It initially looks like a fairly straightforward, serious war movie, with the air raid on Cavite Naval Station being fairly violent (though no casualties are seen), and the crew's frantic makeshift repairs being a race against the clock before the Japanese arrive. Then Holden shows up in his dress whites, and HilarityEnsues.
15th Jul '17 8:06:40 PM Ambaryerno
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* ItMakesSenseInContext: ''Petticoat'' is pretty much ItMakesSenseInContext: TheMovie. The situations ''Sea Tiger'' and her crew end up in are so insane they defy easy description, from ''Sea Tiger'' managing to [[EpicFail sink a truck]], to the pig hidden in the head.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It was red rather than pink, it was a bus, not a truck and it didn't happen all to the same submarine in a single voyage, but surprising number of gags from the film has some basis in RL history.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: It was red rather than pink, it was a bus, not a truck and it didn't happen all to the same submarine in a single voyage, but surprising number of gags from the film has had some basis in RL real history.
15th Jul '17 7:45:51 PM YT45
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The movie begins with Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) making a sentimental visit to his first command, which is due to be scrapped. He goes down to the empty Captain's cabin, opens the old log book and begins to read. Cue flashback to December 10th 1941. The ''Sea Tiger'', part of the Asiatic Fleet stationed at Cavite, is sunk at dock and Lt. Commander Matt Sherman and his crew works frantically to jury-rig sufficient repairs to make the run from the Philippines to Darwin where American forces are regrouping. Lt. Nick Holden (Tony Curtis) is a reassigned Admiral's Aide with no sea experience who proves unexpectedly useful as the new [[TheScrounger 'Supply Officer']] getting Sherman the parts he needs by humorously unscrupulous means.

Repairs are finally complete and they are ready to get under way, but the No. 1 diesel engine keeps backfiring and sending out black smoke. As the engineers try to fix it, a local witch doctor comes up and starts doing some kind of ritual dance to ward off evil spirits. Sherman tries to get him to leave, when suddenly the engine starts and they are finally able to shove off. as the sub heads out to sea, the engine backfires and the witch doctor stops dancing and shakes his head, remarking, "They'll never make it."

The ''Sea Tiger'' set sail under strict order to avoid engaging any enemy craft - including lifeboats. Forced to drop anchor at Marinduque for still more repairs Mr. Holden goes ashore and discovers five stranded Army Nurses. A submarine isn't intended to be co-educational but obviously the women cannot be left where they are. Cue sexual tension between a predatory (and engaged) Lt. Holden and Lt. Barbara Duran; Captain Sherman and the buxom - and clumsy - Lt. Delores Crandall; and the misogynistic Chief Machinist's Mate Sam Tostin and the mechanically-inclined Major Edna Heywood, the nurses' Commanding Officer.

Sherman intends to unload the nurses at Cebu but the Army Officer in Command refuses to take responsibility for them as he is expecting to be overrun and engage in guerilla operations, possibly for years. Nor can he help Sherman obtain the parts he needs as ''everything'' has been taken up into the hills. Lt. Holden comes up with a solution; he establishes a 'casino' up in the hills which accepts machine parts in exchange for chips leading Sherman to write that Mr. Holden is the only man he knows who will be awarded the Navy Cross at his courtmartial.

One of the items Holden obtains is lead paint for the submarine's undercoat. Unfortunately they have to mix red and white lead resulting in a bright ''pink'' submarine. They have regulation gray paint to go over it but predictably are forced to make a quick departure under fire before this can be done. They also have a dozen or so more passengers, the wives and children of the dealers at Mr. Holden's casino and a goat to provide milk for the children. Even better two of the women are in the last stages of pregnancy.

Sherman naturally assumes that things can't possibly get worse - then they do. Tokyo Rose mocks the bright pink submarine cruising the Celebes Sea and U.S. Naval Intelligence assumes it's deliberate disinformation leading to orders to fire on the ''Sea Tiger'' when she attempts to make contact with a destroyer group. Sherman is forced to resort to most unconventional means to prove that he is 'friend' not 'foe'.

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The movie begins with Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) making a sentimental visit to his first command, which is due to be scrapped. He goes down to the empty Captain's cabin, opens the old log book and begins to read. Cue flashback to December 10th 1941. The ''Sea Tiger'', part of the Asiatic Fleet stationed at Cavite, is sunk at dock and Lt. Commander Matt Sherman and his crew works frantically to jury-rig sufficient repairs to make the run from the Philippines to Darwin Darwin, Australia where American forces are regrouping.the Asiatic Fleet is regrouping with Allied forces. Lt. Nick Holden (Tony Curtis) is a reassigned Admiral's Aide with no sea experience who proves unexpectedly useful as the new [[TheScrounger 'Supply Officer']] getting Sherman the parts he needs by humorously unscrupulous means.

Repairs are finally complete and they are ready to get under way, but the No. 1 diesel engine keeps backfiring and sending out black smoke. As the engineers Engineering Division try to fix it, a local witch doctor comes up and starts doing some kind of ritual dance to ward off evil spirits. An annoyed Sherman tries to get him to leave, when suddenly the engine starts and they are finally able to shove off. as As the sub heads out to sea, the engine backfires and the witch doctor stops dancing and shakes his head, remarking, "They'll never make it."

The battered ''Sea Tiger'' set sail sails under strict order orders to avoid engaging any enemy craft - including lifeboats. Forced to drop anchor at Marinduque for still more repairs Mr. Holden goes ashore and discovers five stranded Army Nurses. A submarine isn't intended to be co-educational but obviously the women cannot be left where they are. Cue sexual tension between a predatory (and engaged) Lt. Holden and Lt. Barbara Duran; Captain Sherman and the buxom - and clumsy - Lt. Delores Crandall; and the misogynistic Chief Machinist's Mate Sam Tostin and the mechanically-inclined Major Edna Heywood, the nurses' Commanding Officer.

Sherman intends to unload the nurses at Cebu but the Army Officer officer in Command refuses to take responsibility for them as he is expecting to be overrun and engage in guerilla operations, possibly for years. Nor can he help Sherman obtain the parts he needs as ''everything'' has been taken up into the hills. Lt. Holden comes up with a solution; he establishes a 'casino' up in the hills which accepts machine parts in exchange for chips chips, leading Sherman to write that Mr. Holden is the only man he knows who will be probably be awarded the Navy Cross at his courtmartial.court-martial.

One As the submarine was sunk for several weeks and refloated, she desperately needs a new coat of paint to stave off rust. So one of the more important items Holden obtains is lead primer paint for the submarine's undercoat. Unfortunately they come up slightly short of the total amount needed and have to mix red and white lead lead, slightly watered down, resulting in a bright ''pink'' submarine. The nurses find this amusing, while the submariners pray to God that nobody sees them on it. They have regulation gray haze-gray paint to go over it but predictably are forced to make a quick departure under fire before this can be done. They also have a dozen or so more passengers, the wives and children of the dealers at Mr. Holden's casino and a goat to provide milk for the children. Even better two of the women are in the last stages of pregnancy.

[[TemptingFate Sherman naturally assumes that things can't possibly get worse worse]] - then they do. Tokyo Rose TokyoRose mocks the bright pink submarine cruising the Celebes Sea and U.S. Naval Intelligence assumes it's deliberate disinformation leading to orders to fire on the ''Sea Tiger'' when she attempts to make contact with a destroyer group. Sherman is forced to resort to most unconventional means to prove that he is 'friend' not 'foe'.



* ArmedFarces
* BavarianFireDrill: Used by Holden during one of his "supply runs". While two others from the ''Sea Tiger'' are finding the parts they need in a military warehouse, Holden is outside. As Holden (who is wearing black clothes and dark face paint) is keeping watch, one guy from the local security patrol approaches him and asks what he's doing there. Immediately, Holden berates him for breaking blackout regulations by not having proper camouflage and goes on to explain that the regs require all personnel to wear black face paint at nighttime or else enemy planes will use the white of their faces to aim bombs at the base. He even offers up his own paint to the guy, who returns to his jeep and shares the paint with his buddy.

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* ArmedFarces
ArmedFarces: Albeit a somewhat unusual take on this trope. Sherman and most of his crew (minus Holden and Ramone) are competent professionals who are thrust into a very unusual situation and keep getting increasingly-absurd complications piled on.
* BavarianFireDrill: Used by Holden during one of his "supply runs". While two others from the ''Sea Tiger'' are finding the parts they need in a military warehouse, Holden is outside. As Holden (who is wearing black clothes and dark face paint) is keeping watch, one guy a Marine from the local security patrol garrison approaches him and asks what he's doing there. Immediately, Holden berates him for breaking blackout regulations by not having proper camouflage and goes on to explain [[BlatantLies that the regs new orders from Admiral Nimitz require all personnel to wear black face paint at nighttime or else enemy planes will use the reflection of moonlight on their white of their faces to aim bombs at the base. base]]. He even offers up his own face paint to the guy, Marine, who returns to his jeep and shares the paint it with his buddy.


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* IndyPloy: Holden's specialty. When Captain Sherman asks what he did on the admiral's staff, he describes his job as "Idea Man."
8th Jul '17 1:44:36 PM Ambaryerno
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* {{Sexophone}}: A bit of sultry saxophone jazz plays when ''Sea Tiger'' fires the nurse's undergarments from her torpedo tubes to convince the American destroyer depth-charging them that they ''are'' an American boat (ItMakesSenseInContext).
8th Jul '17 10:51:06 AM nombretomado
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A 1959 comedy starring Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/TonyCurtis and directed by Creator/BlakeEdwards concerning the manic maiden voyage of the submarine ''Sea Tiger'' in the early days of WorldWarTwo.

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A 1959 comedy starring Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/TonyCurtis and directed by Creator/BlakeEdwards concerning the manic maiden voyage of the submarine ''Sea Tiger'' in the early days of WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



* WorldWarII: A very light-hearted presentation of tropes common to movies of its genre. The badly-damaged ''Sea Tiger'''s only mission is to escape the Philippines. Spare parts are obtained by conning Army personnel in a rigged casino. Desperately-needed repairs to the engines are jury-rigged with a mechanically-inclined nurse's girdle. The submarine is carrying American women, Filipino refugees, ''and their livestock''. Their one attempt to strike at the enemy goes comically wrong. And the only time they get depth-charged, it's by an American destroyer, with another nurse's bra saving the day.

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* WorldWarII: A very light-hearted presentation of tropes common to movies of its genre. The badly-damaged ''Sea Tiger'''s only mission is to escape the Philippines. Spare parts are obtained by conning Army personnel in a rigged casino. Desperately-needed repairs to the engines are jury-rigged with a mechanically-inclined nurse's girdle. The submarine is carrying American women, Filipino refugees, ''and their livestock''. Their one attempt to strike at the enemy goes comically wrong. And the only time they get depth-charged, it's by an American destroyer, with another nurse's bra saving the day.
1st Apr '17 10:24:14 PM Ambaryerno
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* BuxomIsBetter: Nurse Crandall is notably well-endowed, and it becomes something of a RunningGag when crewmen passing through the sub's narrow compartments "have to" (and probably intentionally) squeeze past her. It gets to the point that Sherman orders that Crandall is to be given right of way. Later, when they're forced to send out the women's undergarments as "wreckage" to convince the destroyer depth-charging them that they're an American sub, Crandall's is of course the one the crew haul aboard first.



* FridgeLogic: If they have white primer and red primer, but not enough of each to paint the entire sub, why mix them together and make pink primer? Just paint the hull red and the superstructure white, and it wouldn't look so ridiculous.
1st Apr '17 4:38:46 PM pwiegle
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* FridgeLogic: If they have white primer and red primer, but not enough of each to paint the entire sub, why mix them together and make pink primer? Just paint the hull red and the superstructure white, and it wouldn't look so ridiculous.
4th Mar '17 7:08:29 PM weirdfantasy
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-->'''Henderson''': "I'd say take your scavengers and these liars here and [[GetOut get out]].

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-->'''Henderson''': "I'd say take your scavengers and these liars here and [[GetOut get out]]."
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