Operation Petticoat

Synopsis: A submarine newly commissioned is damaged in the opening days of WW II. A captain, looking for a command insists he can get it to a dockyard and captain it. Going slowly to this site, they find a stranded group of Army nurses and must take them aboard. How bad can it get? Trying to get a primer coat on the sub, they have to mix white and red in order to have enough. When forced to flee the dock during an air attack, they find themselves with the world's only Pink submarine, still with 5 women in the tight quarters of a submarine.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, War
Director(s): Blake Edwards
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

- The left.

Well hang on.

Okay, give her some air.

I found it, I found it!

Found it. Look.

- I give up. What is it?

The cake that my mother sent me.

Isn't that nice. Take it to the

cook, maybe he'll warm it up.


Why couldn't she send

something we need?

Like a universal coupling joint.

What is it, Molumphry?

I do not know, sir.

Have a look.

Looks like the Good Humor man.

I wonder if he left his tie off.

- What's going on?

Take a look, sir.

- Okay.

Holy moly.

What is it?

I hope I'm wrong, but with that suitcase

I'd say he was one of the replacements.

Don't tell me that!

Oh, for heaven's sake!

- Do you know anything about him?

Only from the society pages

of the Honolulu newspapers;...

His name is Lieutenant Nick Holden.

- Holden.

He's the darling of the

high-class social set.

I'll bet he is.

- He and the Admiral's wife...

won the rumba championship

two years in a row!

Okay, fellows. Come on,

knock it off. Back to work.

Lieutenant Nick Holden,

reporting for duty, sir.

Excuse the misunderstanding,

Mr. Holden...

It's unusual to see an Admiral's

aide without the Admiral.

He was scheduled to be transferred. I was

sent to make arrangements...

then the war broke out...

- And you're stranded?

Yes, sir. Captain Henderson

assigned me to you...

He said to hurry...

before you left.

The bearings are okay sir...

but if we don't come up with

an oil pump shaft we will only...

...get out of here by rowing.

- Didn't Hunkle follow up the requisition?

Requisition? That's all we do.

But we never get anything.

We might as well write

a letter to Santa Claus.

Ya. Well, thank you, Tostin.

Have you ever been in a submarine?

- No, sir.

We need a torpedo and gunnery

officer. Any experience?

Guns? I'm afraid not, sir.

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Stanley Shapiro

Stanley Shapiro (July 16, 1925 – July 21, 1990) was an American screenwriter and producer responsible for three of Doris Day's most successful films. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Shapiro earned his first screen credit for South Sea Woman in 1953. His work for Day earned him Oscar nominations for Lover Come Back and That Touch of Mink and a win for Pillow Talk, and Mink won him the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy. more…

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