From 1962 to 1966,McHale s Navy was the ABC networks must-see comedy series. With an amazing cast, including Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine (Lt. Commander McHale), comic genius Tim Conway (Ensign Parker), the one-of-... more »a-kind comic talent of Joe Flynn (Captain Binghamton) this series remains second only to M*A*S*H as a truly funny military sitcom.
Veteran seaman Quinton McHale is commissioned into the Navy Reserve at the start of WWII. He becomes Skipper of the Torpedo Patrol (PT) Boat #73 stationed on the island of Taratupa in the Pacific. Assigned to his command are six free-spirited, good-hearted swabbies who love to have fun. McHale and his men are constant irritants to their base commander, Captain Wallace B. Binghamton. Binghamton is forever trying to find a way to get rid of McHale and his rule-bending crew, while McHale & Co. are forever scheming to keep him from succeeding. Despite their hilarious party-boy shenanigans and utter disregard for Navy regulations, when duty calls, the crew of PT 73 does its job and does it well.
With its talented stars, great writing and solid supporting cast, including Gavin McLeod (Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Love Boat), McHale s Navy is classic television at its finest and funniest.
* The Crew Reunion Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine, Bob Hastings and Edson Stroll reunite and share their memories of the show.
"Join Lt. Cmndr Quinton McHale and his fun-lovin' squadron of rule-bending goof-offs and gamblers aboard the PT 73 on its award-nominated maiden voyage of 36 episodes in the 45th anniversary release of McHale's Navy - Season One!
Starring the unsinkable talents of Ernest Borgnine (a real-life navy veteran) as skipper McHale, Tim Conway (The Carol Burnett Show) as klutzy Ensign Parker, Carl Ballantine as con man Lester Gruber, Joe Flynn (The Rescuers) as blustery, fun-spoiling Capt. Binghamton, and Bob Hastings as his jittery aide Lt. Carpenter, McHale's Navy is one of television's longer-lasting military comedies (and a classic B&W sitcom favorite of mine), with 138 episodes aired over four seasons (1962-1966).
Digitally restored and remastered by Shout! Factory, McHale's Navy - Season One is a 5-disc (930 min.) set featuring all 36 episodes in Full Frame (1.33:1) video and English mono, plus the following Special Feature: "The Crew Remembers": Shout! Factory hosts a very special 45th anniversary reunion of the crew, including stars Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine, Edson Stroll and Bob Hastings. Here are how the discs will be configured, plus original airdates:
Disc 1: "An Ensign For McHale" (10/11/1962) "A Purple Heart For Gruber" (10/18/1962) "McHale And His Seven Cupids" (10/25/1962) "PT 73, Where Are You?" (11/1/1962) "Movies Are Your Best Diversion" (11/8/1962) "Operation Wedding Party" (11/15/1962) "Who Do The Voodoo?" (11/22/1962)
Disc 2: "Three Girls On An Island" (11/29/1962) "McHale's Paradise Motel" (12/6/1962) "The Battle Of McHale's Island" (12/20/1962) "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" (12/27/1962) "Beauty And The Beast" (1/3/1963) "The Captain's Mission" (1/10/1963) "Send Us A Hero" (1/17/1963)
Disc 3: "The Captain Steals A Cook" (1/24/1963) "The Ensign Gets A Zero" (1/31/1963) "The Big Raffle" (2/7/1963) "One Of Our Engines Is Missing" (2/14/1963) "The Natives Get Restless" (2/21/1963) "The Confidence Game" (2/28/1963) "Six Pounds From Paradise" (3/7/1963)
Disc 4: "Washing Machine Charlie" (3/14/1963) "Nippon Nancy Calling" (3/21/1963) "One Enchanted Weekend" (3/28/1963) "The Mothers Of PT 73" (4/4/1963) "H.M.S. 73" (4/11/1963) "A Wreath For McHale" (4/18/1963) "Portrait Of A Peerless Leader" (4/25/1963) "Instant Democracy" (5/2/1963)
Disc 5: "Camera, Action, Panic" (5/9/1963) "Alias Captain Binghamton" (5/16/1963) "Parents Anonymous" (5/23/1963) "McHale's Millions" (5/30/1963) "The Hillbillies Of PT 73" (6/6/1963) "The Monster Of McHale's Island" (6/13/1963) "Uncle Admiral" (6/27/1963)
McHale's Navy - Season One March 20th!"
Shout! Factory does it right!
Michael A. Brown | Salt Lake City, UT USA | 02/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you who only think of the painfully bad Tom Arnold movie when you hear the name, "McHale's Navy" was much funnier on TV. Led by Lt. Commander Quentin McHale (Ernest Borgnine), the crew of the PT-73 were a little less than by the book. And remember, this was before political correctness.
They had their own POW/cook. They lied, cheated, stole, gambled, womanized... and these were the good guys. Joe Flynn was great as the straight-laced Captain Wallace Binghampton. While always foiled in his plans to catch McHale with his hand in the cookie jar, Binghampton suffered an incompetent aide (Bob Hastings) and the constant bumbling of Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conway).
Now for the good news: Since there seems to be some question about it, I contacted Shout Factory directly. Because had this been the poorly colorized version, it would never get to my DVD shelf. So I asked, and they answered... "The series will be in the original black and white format. We will have a bonus episode that will be in color."
There you have it. The original episodes in the original black and white. Let's hope we get the entire series and their two 1960's movies, "McHale's Navy" and "McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force"."
Excellent Transfer to DVD
Pitz | chicago, il. USA | 03/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this Tuesday the 20th as it came out. I'd had some concerns because I had read an uncomplimentary review last week where it was said the transfers were terrible.This could not be further from the truth as these are every bit as good as the year they came out on television, 1962. I think the problem with reviewers under the age of thirty is that they are spoiled and have been special effected to death and do not know the charm of the real deal when they see it. This is an excellent production and very watchable and as I understand completly re edited to 100% of each episode. If you grew up on this as I did and have been missing seeing them in syndication for what seems like forever, cheer up, this is a great purchase."
Pirates of mischief out to tickle your funny bone
Breyel | MALAYSIA | 01/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"McHale's Navy follows in the footsteps of Sgt. Bilko - 50th Anniversary Edition (The Phil Silvers Show). Week after week this manic comedy pitted Cmdr. McHale's (Ernest Borgnine) band of goofballs against Capt. Binghamton, while fighting the Japanese forces in the South Pacific during WWII.
The show if I'm not mistaken was originally filmed in B&W. Although I have seen bad colourised versions of some episodes. Let us hope this 5-DVD 'colour' set of the first season which aired from October 1962 - June 1963) is not the case. Here's a breakdown of the episodes included in this set:
Episode 1: An Ensign for McHale Episode 2: A Purple Heart for Gruber Episode 3: McHale and His Seven Cupids Episode 4: PT 73 Where Are You? Episode 5: Movies Are Your Best Diversion Episode 6: Operation Wedding Party Episode 7: Who Do the Voodoo Episode 8: Three Girls on an Island Episode 9: McHale's Paradise Hotel Episode 10: The Battle of McHale's Island Episode 11: The Day They Captured Santa Episode 12: Beauty and the Beast Episode 13: The Captain's Mission Episode 14: Send Us a Hero Episode 15: The Captain Steals a Cook Episode 16: The Ensign Gets a Zero Episode 17: The Big Raffle Episode 18: One of Our Engines Is Missing Episode 19: The Natives Get Restless Episode 20: The Confidence Game Episode 21: Six Pounds from Paradise Episode 22: Washing Machine Charlie Episode 23: Nippon Nancy Calling Episode 24: One Enchanted Weekend Episode 25: The Mothers of PT-73 Episode 26: HMS 73 Episode 27: A Wreath for McHale Episode 28: Portrait of a Peerless Leader Episode 29: Instant Democracy Episode 30: Camera, Action, Panic Episode 31: Alias Captain Binghamton Episode 32: Parents Anonymous Episode 33: McHale's Millions Episode 34: The Hillbillies of PT-73 Episode 35: The Monster of McHale's Island Episode 36: Uncle Admiral
I loved the show as a kid (when it aired 1962-1966) and never tired of the re-runs through the decades. Having not seen it for quite a long spell, I can't wait soon enough to slip the DVDs into the player. Tim Conway (as Ensign Parker) was a riot. Joe Flynn (as Capt. Binghampton) too. These two guys carried the show. I highly recommend it if you enjoy the military humour of Sgt. Bilko, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. - Season 1-3 or Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series. Great stuff!"
"McHale's Navy was a classic piece of Television. Done in 1962-1963, this first season showed the comedy like Operation Peticoat did for the movies.
Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine is Quinton McHale. Tim Conway (Pre-Carol Burnett or Disney movies) was the bumbling Charles Parker. Joe Flynn showcased what he did later for Disney films and embodied Captain Binghamton. The supporting cast included Gavin McLeod (long before the Love Boat), Magician Carl Ballingtine and Bob Hastings (Gordon on Batman the Animated Seroes)
When this classic comedy works, the laughes are freeflowing..and it works many many times over. Over 36 episodes, done in glorous Black & White, the DVD collection is total enjoyable
M*A*S*H was a great show which was a combo of comedy and drama. This show took the drama out of the war and just made you laugh..and its what comedy is meant to