The Admiral Was a Lady

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"Laugh-Packed Comedy Mix-Up!"
  • Approved
  • 1950
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 5.8  (395)

In the 1950 romantic comedy film "The Admiral Was a Lady," directed by Albert S. Rogell, Edmond O'Brien and Wanda Hendrix play the lead roles as a navy officer and a nightclub singer respectively. The movie takes place in 1944 during World War II and presents the story of Ellen Clark, a talented and beautiful singer who accidentally meets Lieutenant John W. Harkness. Harkness, who is looking for a place to spend the night, comes to Ellen's nightclub, and the two quickly hit it off.

Harkness is on a mission to track down a Nazi spy who has infiltrated the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet. The spy is seeking secret information about the U.S. fleet and is trying to transmit it to the enemy. In his search for the spy, Harkness pretends to be an admiral, creating a persona of a high-ranking officer to get the information he needs. In doing so, he risks his reputation and career as a navy officer.

Meanwhile, Ellen, who is tired of her life as a nightclub singer, dreams of becoming a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and joining the navy. Ellen sees the navy as a chance to escape her mundane life and prove her worth to the world. With Harkness's help, she gets an opportunity to fulfill her dreams and become a WAVE, although not without facing several hurdles and obstacles along the way.

As Ellen tries to navigate her way through navy life, Harkness continues to search for the spy. With Ellen's help, he discovers that the spy is a high-ranking navy officer who is planning to sabotage an important mission. Harkness, who has fallen in love with Ellen, must decide whether to risk his own safety to protect Ellen and the country's secrets.

"The Admiral Was a Lady" is a romantic comedy that explores the themes of love, patriotism, and honor. The chemistry between the two lead actors, O'Brien and Hendrix, is excellent, bringing a lightheartedness to the film that balances the more serious themes. The film also features several notable supporting actors, including Rudy Vallee, who plays a navy captain and Ellen's romantic interest before she meets Harkness.

One of the standout aspects of the film is its portrayal of women in the military during World War II. In a time when women's roles in society were changing rapidly due to the war effort, "The Admiral Was a Lady" highlights the important contributions made by women in the navy. Ellen's journey from nightclub singer to WAVE is an inspiring narrative that shows the power of determination and the opportunities available to women during the war.

The film's setting in 1944 also provides an interesting backdrop to the story, with WWII looming in the background. The idea of a Nazi spy infiltrating the U.S. navy adds a sense of urgency to the narrative and underscores the importance of the navy's mission. The film highlights the sacrifices made by navy personnel during the war and the bravery required to protect the country's secrets.

Overall, "The Admiral Was a Lady" is a charming romantic comedy that explores important themes and provides a glimpse into the lives of women in the military during WWII. With excellent performances by its lead actors, the film is an entertaining and heartwarming story that captures the spirit of the era.

The Admiral Was a Lady is a 1950 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

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    1 hr 27 min
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    5.8  (395)