The Horizontal Lieutenant

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The Horizontal Lieutenant
The Horizontal Lieutenant.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by George Wells
Based on Gordon Cotler (novel)
Starring Jim Hutton
Paula Prentiss
Music by George Stoll
Cinematography Robert J. Bronner
Edited by Richard W. Farrell
Production
  company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18) (U.S.)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,020,000[1]
Box office $1,850,000[1]

The Horizontal Lieutenant is a 1962 American romantic comedy war film directed by Richard Thorpe, based on the 1961 novel The Bottletop Affair by Gordon Cotler. It is a military comedy about an unfortunate army intelligence lieutenant who finds himself isolated on a remote Japanese island army outpost during World War II.[2] It stars Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss and was directed by Richard Thorpe.

Plot[edit]

Merle Wye, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Hawaii, is attracted to nurse Molly Blue, but she barely gives him the time of day.

The inept Merle is transferred to a remote smaller island, where he is assigned the task of finding a man called Kobayashi who is suspected of pilfering Army supplies. One thing after another goes wrong for Merle, who is knocked cold when Kobayashi finally turns up, but given a medal of valor anyway after Molly is able to capture the prisoner on his behalf.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

According to MGM records, the film earned $1.1 million in the US and Canada and $750,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $380,000.[1]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ The New York Times

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