McHale's Navy

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  • Approved
  • 1964
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.4  (1,135)

McHale's Navy is a classic comedy film set during WWII that follows the adventures of Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, played by Ernest Borgnine, and his eclectic crew of misfits aboard a PT boat stationed in the Pacific. The film begins with McHale and his men doing what they do best: hijacking goods and supplies from the base to help them make a profit and live a more comfortable life.

However, their carefree lifestyle is interrupted when they are ordered to participate in a mission to help the Navy capture a group of Japanese officers. McHale and his crew are not exactly fit for the job, but they do their best to plan and execute the mission with their unique set of skills and tricks. Mischief and chaos ensue as they try to outsmart the Japanese and the Navy officers who look down on them.

The main source of humor in the film comes from the interactions between the different characters. McHale is a laid-back, wise-cracking leader who is always willing to bend the rules to get what he wants. His right-hand man, Ensign Charles Parker, played by Tim Conway, is a bumbling, naive officer who is constantly getting in over his head. There are also other crew members who each have their own quirks and personalities, such as the tough but lovable Gruber, the lazy and goofy Virgil, and the beautiful but cunning Lieutenant Carpenter.

Joe Flynn plays Captain Binghamton, the Navy man trying to keep McHale and his crew in line. The dynamic between Binghamton and McHale is one of the driving forces of the plot, as Binghamton is constantly trying to catch McHale in the act of breaking the rules. However, he is also somewhat hapless and often falls victim to McHale's schemes.

The film is full of comedic moments that range from slapstick to witty banter. There are scenes where the crew accidentally destroy a beautiful lawn while trying to launch their boat, and others where they dress up like Japanese officers to infiltrate the enemy's camp. The humor is light-hearted and fun, making it an enjoyable watch for fans of classic comedies.

Aside from the humor, there are also some serious moments in the film that touch on the realities of war. There are scenes where the crew witnesses the horrors of bombing and the loss of life, and at one point they are even captured and threatened with execution. However, these moments are balanced out by the fun and playful nature of the film.

Overall, McHale's Navy is a classic comedy that has stood the test of time. The chemistry between the characters, the wacky plot, and the humor make it a great watch for anyone looking for a good laugh.

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    1 hr 33 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (1,135)