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

Good morning.

- Good morning, Sir.

Good morning.

Good morning. I just came to look around.

Yes, sir.

- All right if I go below?

Certainly, sir. Can I get you some coffee?

No, I'll just go below and wait

for the captain. Maybe later.

Well, sir.

- Chief.

Who's he?

That's Sherman.

- Yes?

And what is he doing here at six in the morning?

He came to make sure that you were comfortable.

Don't you know anything about submarines?

Yes, sure. I know Sherman. He's the boss of Submarines Pacific.

He was the first captain of this boat.

- Yes, I know that.

Then you should be able to figure out what he is doing here.

If you were the first skipper of the "Sea Tiger"

and you ordered her sent to the junkyard at nine

... what would you be doing at six?



December 10, 1941.

Moored starboard side to Machina Wharf. Cavite Navy Yard

Philippine Islands, for provisions and fuel.

Directive received from Commander Asiatic Fleet

"You will sink or destroy all enemy ships wherever encountered. "

Have advised Commander Submarine Force, Asiatic Fleet... .

that "Sea Tiger"

will be ready for sea at 19:00, 10 December 1941.

Captain! Captain!

Enemy planes over.

Ready on engines?

- The best we can, Sir.

Cut those lines!

Take cover!

I'm not denying we suffered minor damage, Sir, but

Minor damage??

What does it take to convince you? You've been sunk!

You ought to read your own report.

- Yes.

Bulkheads, main ballast tanks and pressure hull...

ripped by bomb fragments.

Engine room flooded, main induction and ventilation wrecked

torpedo tubes, motor controls and reduction gear inoperable

electrical equipment, wiring, gauges, gyro, radio. "

All you've got out there

is a periscope sitting on a couple of thousand tons of scrap metal.

What do you suggest, sir?

Should we underwater weld to jury patch the hull before pumping her out

or should we raise her first and then work on the hull?

Matt, with major repairs

and a complete overhaul

maybe Sea Tiger could be put back in commission.

A functioning Navy yard might do it.

- Sir.

My chiefs are pretty good hands.

They know they're on their own.

and what we're up against. But we think we

can get " Sea Tiger " back in the war.

Yes, on who's side?

We're due to evacuate back to Bataan on the 26th...

... two weeks to do a job a yard couldn't do in two months.

We don't think we can get her into

fighting trim right away...

repair it... just enough to

reach the nearest sub tender.

That would be the "Bushnell", in Darwin.

...almost two thousand miles of ocean...

with the Japanese Navy roaming over it.

And you're going to make it in a sub

held together with spit and bailing wire?


... the " Sea Tiger " deserves

a better epitaph than...

... "commissioned 1940,

sunk, 1941.


Shots fired:
none. "

You can't let her go that way, it's like...

... a beautiful woman dying an old

maid, if know what I mean...

...by an old maid.

Did you ever sell used cars?

- No, sir.

I think you missed your calling.

Okay, Matt. You've got two weeks

to get her out or we blow her up.

Fair enough.

By the way...

... three of my officers and eighteen

men have been transferred...

... How soon can I can get them back?

- You don't.

You'll have to get by with a skeleton crew.

I'll get you what replacements I can.

Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.

All done.

Men, clean up later.

That's all we can do now.

An odd job but might hold alright.

Yes, sir.

Do you think the No. 2 tank will hold?

All that we can do is try, sir.

Which one are you holding?

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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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