I’m taking a look at the World War II submarine comedy film, Operation Petticoat (1959) starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. This one recently came out on Blu-ray/DVD released by Eureka Entertainment. Is it worth a purchase let’s find out. So without further ado here’s my Operation Petticoat blu-ray review.
- Operation Petticoat (1959)
- Genre: Comedy
- Directed by Blake Edwards
- UK Rating U
- Discs: 2 (Bluray & DVD)
- Released By Eureka Entertainment
- Blu-ray Released: 2 December 2019
A submarine named the Sea Tiger commanded by Matthew T. Sherman (Cary Grant) is sunk during a Japanese air raid sinks whilst docked at a Naval Yard in the Philippines. In an effort to conduct repairs naval officer Nicholas Holden (Tony Curtis) locates the necessary parts through unofficial channels. They set sail but are forced to stop at an Island to conduct further repairs. There they take aboard several stranded female nurses. How will the two sexes cope in such a confined space?
Style / Direction
The films directed by Blake Edwards with the cinematography coming from Russell Harlan. It’s a well made film that moves along at a nice pace with plenty of laughs along the way.
Acting / Characters
The acting is good with several enjoyable performances from both the male and female cast. This is the reason the film works so well. Of course the relationship between Cary Grant and Tony Curtis is at the forefront of the movie’s charm and success. Curtis plays the playboy chancer whilst Grant plays it straight.
- Cary Grant as Lieutenant Commander/ Rear Admiral Matthew T.Sherman
- Tony Curtis as Lieutenant / Junior Grade Nicholas Holden
- Joan O’Brien as Second Lieutenant Dolores Crandall
- Dina Merrill as Second Lieutenant Barbara Duran
- Gene Evans as Chief Torpedoman Molumphry
- Dick Sargent as Ensign Stovall
- Arthur O’Connell as Chief Motor Machinist’s Mate Sam Tostin
- Virginia Gregg as Major Edna Heywood
- Robert F. Simon as Captain J.B. Henderson
- Gavin MacLeod as Yeoman Ernest Hunkle
- Robert Gist as Lieutenant Watson (XO)
- George Dunn as The Prophet
- Dick Crockett as Petty Officer Harmon
- Madlyn Rhue as Second Lieutenant Reid
- Marion Ross as Second Lieutenant Colfax
- Clarence Lung as Sergeant Ramon Gallardo
- Frankie Darro as Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class Dooley
Conclusion: Operation Petticoat (1959) Film Review
Operation Petticoat is a fun and easy going WWII comedy starring two fabulous actors in Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. Add this one to your to watch movie list.
If you enjoyed my Operation Petticoat blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
- The Awful Truth (1937)
- A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
- Atoll K (1951) aka Utopia
- There Was a Crooked Man (1960)
- The House in Nightmare Park (1973)
- Wild at Heart (1990)
Conclusion: Operation Petticoat Blu-ray Review
Unfortunately this is another Eureka release that is far from perfect. That said overall the picture quality is just about acceptable. The image is reasonably sharp and colours appear to be ok. The only real issue is the occasional small white marks that persist throughout the two hours.
So should you buy it? The answer is yes this is by far the best version released to date and a worthy addition to any Cary Grant / Tony Curtis fans.
- Original Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for Operation Petticoat (1959)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: ACCEPTABLE
- Extras: BASIC
Amazon UK Links
Operation Petticoat (1959) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Operation Petticoat blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more classic films soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Operation Petticoat (1959) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Operation Petticoat (1959)
Duration: 120 mins
Director(s): Blake Edwards
Actor(s): Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A funny & easy going WWII comedy starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis finally makes its way on to blu-ray.