The Wackiest Ship in the Army is a 1960 World War II comedy film directed by Richard Murphy, starring Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson as two men manning the USS Echo alongside a fairly (at first) incompetent crew as they sail to Japan in hopes of studying enemy tactics.
This movie contains examples of:
- Artistic License – Military: Right in the title!
- The Captain: Poor Lt. Rip Crandall.
- Got Volunteered: One guy early on.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": A.J. Sparks, Radioman.
- Non-Indicative Name: Not quite the laugh out loud comedy we were promised; technically it's a comedy-drama.
- Recycled: The Series: There was one made in 1965.
- Spy Ship: The film (and the subsequent Recycled: The Series) was set in the Pacific theater of World War II and centered about the crew of the a leaky wooden twin-masted schooner (the USS Echo in the movie and the USS Kiwi in the series) whose mission was to place spies behind Japanese lines. The ship's cover was an itinerant trading vessel sailing under a neutral flag.
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