McHale's Navy

ABC (ended 1966)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 30

    Wally For Congress

    Aired 4/12/66

  • S 4 : Ep 29

    Binghamton, At 20 Paces

    Aired 4/5/66

  • S 4 : Ep 28

    An Ensign's Best Friend

    Aired 3/29/66

  • S 4 : Ep 27

    The McHale Grand Prix

    Aired 3/22/66

  • S 4 : Ep 26

    Who Was That German I Saw You With?

    Aired 3/15/66

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ernest Borgnine

    Lt. Cdr. Quinton McHale

  • Joe Flynn

    Capt. Wallace Burton Binghamton

  • Tim Conway

    Ensign Charles Parker

  • Carl Ballantine

    Lester Gruber

  • Gavin MacLeod

    Joseph "Happy" Haines (1962-1964)

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  • show Description
  • A Lively, Light-Hearted Romp Through The Pacific Theater Of Operations –An experienced South Pacific sea dog, by the name of Quinton McHale, was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander into the U.S. Navy Reserve, at the start of World War II, and made the Skipper of the Torpedo Patrol (PT) Boat #73, stationed at the U.S. Naval Installation on the island of Taratupa, in the Southwest Pacific. Assigned to his command were 6 free-spirited, good-hearted Swabbies who loved to have fun, but who – Though they usually ignored Navy regulations – Did their jobs, and did them well, when duty called. The 73 'Family' included, among others, a con man and amateur Magician, a womanizing hunk, a dedicated Family man, a guitar-picking, moonshine-making Tennessee good ol' boy, and even a deserter from the Japanese Navy, who was an excellent cook. Second in command, was Ensign Charles Parker, a young spit-and-polish, by-the-book Officer from Chagrin Falls Ohio, who was somewhat of a klutz, but who always managed to come out on top of a situation, usually with the help of McHale and The Crew.McHale and his men were under the command of Base Commander Captain Wallace B. Binghamton (Known as 'Old Leadbottom' to McHale and his men), in whose side, McHale and his Crew were a constant thorn. Most episodes centered around Binghamton's trying to find way to get rid of McHale and his rule-bending 'Pirates' (One would be hard-pressed to see an episode of this series without the military term 'Court Martial' being mentioned, at least once), with McHale and his fun-loving 'Eightballs' scheming to keep Binghamton from doing so, their exemplary performance in battle, more times than not, getting them out troublesome situations.McHale's Navy was first presented a straight action drama, on ABC's Alcoa Premiere anthology series, in April of 1962. The pilot episode – Entitled Seven Against The Sea – Found enough of an audience that it was converted to a comedy series, which premiered on the ABC Television Network on the evening of Thursday, October 11th 1962, at 9:30 p.m. EST. It got off to somewhat of a slow start, opposite NBC's popular Hazel, but held it's own, and gained a small following. It cracked the top 25 in it's 2nd season ('63/'64), on Tuesday nights, in the 8:30 time-slot, with a strong lead-in from ABC's Combat, landing at #23, with a Nielsen rating of 22.8. But, from that point on, it was all uphill for McHale. In it's 3rd ('64/'65) & 4th ('65/'66) seasons, in a losing battle with CBS's powerhouse Red Skelton Hour, it was soon on it's way out. An attempt to boost it's sagging ratings, by moving McHale, his Crew, and Captain Binghamton to a base in Italy, in it's 4th and final season, proved to do more harm than good, and resulted in the cancellation of the series, in 1966.The series was popular enough with the public to prompt the production of two full-length theatrical-release motion pictures, during it's run. McHale's Navy, released by Universal Pictures in June of 1964, featured all the regular cast members from the series, and McHale's Navy Joins The Air Force, in July of '65, this one sans Borgnine. Both were 90-minute extended episodes of the series, and mildly popular, at best. A 1997 big-budget movie, based on the series, and with Tom Arnold as McHale, was a total flop. All three are available on VHS or DVD.Lately, it's been tough to catch McHale's Navy on TV. Programming Managers don't seem to realize just how many loyal fans the show still has, and just how many new fans the show would doubtless make, were more people allowed to experience it. However – McHale fans, rejoice! – Shout! Factory came to the rescue, and began releasing McHale's Navy, on DVD, in boxed sets, beginning on March 20th, 2007, with Season 1. Season 2 was released on September 11th, 2007, Season 3, on March 18th, 2008, and Season 4, on November 18th, '08.With a highly talented cast including Academy Award® winner Ernest Borgnine, comic genius Tim Conway, the one-of-a-kind comic talent of Joe Flynn, and a solid supporting cast, McHale's Navy was – And is – TV comedy at it's very finest.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Captain Binghamton: < upon finding a pile of empty beer cans stowed in the torpedo tube > What is this, Carpenter? Some new sort of depth charge?

    • Tinker is signaling the 73 with a flashlight, and Morse code.

      Willy: Looks like somebody's makin' a signal from the base! Hey, it's Tinker!

      McHale: What's he say?!

      Willy: Says… HELP! HELP!!

      Willy signals back, to find out what's wrong.

      McHale: What's he say, Willy, what's he say?!!

      Willy: Well, without the cuss-words, he says the Admiral pulled a switch, and wants Sukiyaki.

    • Binghamton has just received word that Whit Barrett - The famous War Correspondent - Is due to arrive at Taratupa the following day. Binghamton: Notify all personnel… I want this base one hundred percent ship-shape! Carpenter: Yes sir. And, good luck to you, sir. Binghamton: Luck? Carpenter: Well, yes sir. Every time Mr. Barrett devotes one of his newspaper columns to a man, he seems to get promoted. Binghamton: I could care less. Carpenter: But, in the last six months, sir, it's happened three times! Binghamton: Four. Carpenter: (Thinking, as he counts) Captain Stutz... Admiral Brawley... Commander Simpson. Binghamton: You're forgetting that young hot-rodder on the PT 109. He became a full Lieutenant! (See Notes)

    • George Gregory – The Undersecretary Of State, on an inspection tour of the base – Has just joined Binghamton at a table, with several native islanders, where a feast of local food has been prepared. Gregory: I’ve never seen so many native dishes! Binghamton: Yes, the girls are lovely. Especially the Chief’s Daughter. Gregory: I was speaking of the food.

    • Binghamton, desperate for some evidence that McHale is collaborating with the enemy, makes one last attempt to get Sam The Parrot to repeat, for The Admiral, what he’s heard from McHale and his men. Binghamton: Tell the Admiral the truth, for Heaven’s sakes! Sam The Parrot: Binghamton’s a jerk! Binghamton’s a jerk! Admiral Rogers: And, who am I to argue with a bird?

    Notes (24)

    • Series Regulars Joe Flynn (Captain Binghamton) and Bob Hastings (Lt. Carpenter) did not appear in this episode.

    • Writer Joe Heller (Better known as Joseph Heller) is probably most famous for his novel 'Catch 22', but he also helped pen the screenplay for the 1967 MGM James Bond fiasco 'Casino Royale', along with the likes of Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, and Peter Sellers.

    • In this episode, the character played by Jane Dulo is named 'Molly Hunter', but, in later episodes, the character is named 'Molly Turner'.

    • The name of the Japanese Commander is spelled, in the closing credits, as 'Simuru'. However, during the episode, the character clearly pronounces his name as 'Shimura'.

    • Co-Writer Frank Gill Jr. is sometimes billed as 'Frank J. Gill, Jr.'.

    • Writer Kempley is credited as 'Teleplay By'. Also, Series Regular Bob Hastings (Lt. Carpenter) does not appear in this episode.

    • In this episode, we learn Admiral Reynolds' first name, and middle initial: 'Roscoe G.'

    • Ishimoto - The Actor who plays 'The Japanese Lieutenant' - Is sometimes billed as Dale Ishimoto.

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    Trivia (5)

    • In the end, the Congresswoman chooses the PT 109 for the War Bond Tour, whose Commander, of course, is Lieutenant John F. Kennedy.

    • While Charlie's plane is on the ground, before Mr. Parker takes off, it's wings, elevators, and tail rudder all have rounded ends, and it has a two-man cockpit. But, during Parker's erratic flight, the plane is clearly different, in that it's wings, elevators and tail rudder all have square ends, and it has a one-man cockpit.

    • While the boat is supposedly anchored at a deserted island, Tinker (Billy Sands) comes up from the engine bay, to tell McHale that the engines are operational again. Behind Tinker, the open sea can be seen, and the boat is apparently moving, as evidenced by the wake.

    • When Binghamton makes his entrance, in his Geisha costume, there is a tremendous round of applause, yet, when the audience is shown, no one is clapping.

    • In most episodes, the last name of the recurring character 'Nurse Molly' (Played by Jane Dulo) is 'Turner', but, in some early episodes, it is 'Hunter'. However, in this particular episode, the character's last name was mis-spelled, as 'Tunner'.

    Allusions (1)

    • Toward the end of the episode, McHale refers to Parker's masquerade as a cave man as "An Oscar-winning performance".  Binghamton, who has just arrived, happens to overhear that line, and says: "What would you know about an Oscar-winning performance?".  This has to be an allusion to Ernest Borgnine's Oscar win, for his performance in the movie 'Marty' some 8 years earlier.

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • From John Paul Jones to Davey Jones there was no one like skipper Mc Hale

    By hectorhugolarahernandez, Nov 04, 2013

  • Joe Flynn

    By RonStaiger, Dec 20, 2011

  • One of my favorite TV shows.

    By cervantes60, May 24, 2007

  • One of the all-time classic tv shows. I joined the Navy because of this show (well this and the movie Operation Petticoat). The actors and writers did a fantastic job. Even tho the story lines were far fetched at times they were funny.

    By sueschmitt, Feb 22, 2007

  • One of the funniest shows...EVER!!

    By SLZCwatcher, Nov 12, 2006

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