American military club in Australia, 1943, Lt. Crandall (Jack Lemmon) killing time before he can turn down his assignment, his eager aide Ens. Hanson (Ricky Nelson), with a tune by Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter, in The Wackiest Ship In The Army, 1960.
Joining the opening narration, introducing Jack Lemmon (as Lt. Crandall) and later Ricky Nelson (as Ens. Hanson), from the service comedy The Wackiest Ship In The Army, 1960.
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Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson get that sinking feeling when they pilot "The Wackiest Ship In the Army" in this hilarious comedy adventure. During World War II, the Army recruits Navy Officer Rip Crandall (Lemmon) to command a battered old Schooner for a top secret mission. Masquerading as a Japanese fishing boat, this nautical nightmare must smuggle a spy through the mine-infested waters of the South Pacific. Unfortunately for Crandall, he has inherited a wild crew of butter-fingered landlubbers, including First Officer Tommy Hanson (Nelson). Can the dedicated Lieutenant whip these comically inexperienced gobs into shape in time to carry out their perilous mission? For gales of laughter, take a riotous cruise aboard "The Wackiest Ship In the Army!"
During WW II, Lt. Rip Crandall (Lemmon) commands the USS Echo, a run-down ship with the archetypal inexperienced, motley crew, assigned to deliver an Australian observer to a Japanese-held island. Jack Lemmon is in dazzling comedic form as he captains this rickety Navy vessel and ironically, they become a major factor in the winning of a strategic WWII battle.
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