The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)

Director
Richard Murphy

Main cast
Jack Lemmon; Ricky Nelson; John Lund; Chips Rafferty

Genres
Comedy, Family, War

Description
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives - if only they can get there in one piece.


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