YOU'RE IN THE NAVY NOW
Robert B. Nelson | Webster, MA | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gary Cooper is not generally known for his comedic roles, however his straight face as the captain of an experimental sub chaser during WWII adds to the fun this film generates. Ably supported by Eddie Albert, Jack Webb, Harvey Lembeck, Millard Mitchell et al, this is one of my all time favorites. Picked to prove the workability of a new type of steam engine as their propulsion unit, the crew does everything in it's power to make the "Beast" work, (by approved (or otherwise) means. While broken down in the middle of Chesapeake Bay in the middle of the night, the crew sights a tanker who they immediately signal for help by lamp. Their reply is quick in coming, not by signal lamp, but by a round from the tankers deck gun! The tug that keeps towing them back to base keeps a scorecard on it's deck house showing how many times the "U.S.S. Teakettle" has been brought home. Towards the end of the film, they finally get the "Beast" to work only to find that their throttles are frozen and they can't slow down! What follows is hilarious. This is a must see film! It hasn't lost it's punch over the years!"
An Obscure but Entertaining Comedy
John A Lee III | San Antonio, TX | 09/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This little comedy is based upon an actual incident of World War II. In an effort to get more speed out of some of its ships, the Navy tries an experiment using a modernized steam engine. Steam does prove to be capable of giving higher speeds but the problem is with getting enough fresh water to make the steam. A new design is tried to try and solve this problem but there is a war on and not many experience officers are available to conduct the trials.
Enter Gary Cooper. He plays an engineer who has been commissioned as a reserve officer. He has not real experience in ship handling but is assigned to command the experimental ship. He is not too worried at first. He figures he can rely on experience officers and crew and devote himself to the engineering problem. Unfortunately for him, the only experienced sailor is the bosun. All of the rest, officers and crew, are short time reservists. This leads to a slew of comedic situations.
It's a fun and light hearted comedy worth the viewing.
......HERE COMES THE US NAVY!!!........
Christopher E. Sarno | Boston, Massachusetts United States | 06/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"....A hilarious comedy but with objectivity, too....#3 and #4 below critics sum up the movie OK...the cast is wonderful/perfect...Gary Cooper, the enticing Jane Greer, Eddie Albert, Charles Bronson, Jack Webb, Lee Marvin, Ray Collins, John McIntire, Jack Warden, Richard Erdman, Harry Von Zell, Ed Begley, Sr and Harvey Lembeck...all combine talents worthy of the price of admission by far...and the US Navy for art/direction...Cooper and Greer are both Navy officers and are Mr & Mrs but always away on official Navy duties; however, one scene finally finds them together for a weekend at a Navy fund-raiser and Jane Greer does a masterful job of telling her husband to shower up; Cooper, rather quizically, wonders why??...just the look at Greer's smiling eyes does Cooper finally realizes this is his 'lucky' nite after a long absence...they had chemistry these two for this scene as a married couple...all the shipboard shennanigans are rip/roaring for this entire unproven crew...the look on Admiral Ed Begley's face is slide/spliting, as he is inspecting the engine room gang's antics in the bowels of this lil tea/kettle of a ship...they are given a hopeless task to perform, but with great improvisation they succeed the impossible...by coming into the harbor of the Philadelphia Navy Yard at full speed on their sub/chaser is the raucous climax to this enjoyable/fun comedy...especially, any military service person will love this timely comedy during the early years of WW2 getting our Reserve Officers acclimated to active duty the hard way...FAST!!!!.....well done, Navy!!.....SSGT CHRIS SARNO-USMC FMF"