The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
|The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell|
|Directed by||Frank Tashlin|
|Produced by||John Beck|
|Written by||Robert M. Fresco (story)
John L. Greene (story)
|Edited by||Eda Warren|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$2,400,000 (US/ Canada)|
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell is a 1968 film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, and Jeffrey Hunter. The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico in 1967; it was originally to have been filmed in Hawaii, but due to the activity during the Vietnam War, the US Department of Defense, which cooperated with the production, suggested the filming move to the Caribbean.
This was the final film for Tashlin, who died in 1972.
Master Sergeant Dan O'Farrell is a G.I. on an island somewhere in the South Pacific during World War II, bemoaning the consequences of a ship torpedoed while ferrying to the island a desperately needed cargo of beer.
Among his problems are the Navy personnel making life difficult for him and his Army buddies, an officer trying to emulate John Paul Jones, a hoped-for delivery of morale-boosting nurses turning out to be six men and the ugliest woman (Diller) ever to wilt a bouquet of flowers, and a Japanese soldier who has been hiding from everyone else ... and hiding something else as well.
- Bob Hope as M/Sgt. Dan O'Farrell
- Phyllis Diller as Nurse Nellie Krause
- Jeffrey Hunter as Lt. (j.g.) Lyman P. Jones
- John Myhers as Lt. Cdr. Roger N. Snavely
- Mako as Calvin Coolidge Ishimura
- Henry Wilcoxon as RAdm. Arthur L. Stokes
- Dick Sargent as Capt. Elwood Prohaska
- Christopher Dark as Pvt. George Strongbow
- Michael Burns as Pvt. Johnny Bannon
- William Wellman Jr. as Cpl. Kennedy
- Robert Donner as Pvt. Ogg (USMC)
- Jack Grinnage as Pvt. Roberts
- William Christopher as Pvt. Jack Schultz
- Mylène Demongeot as Gaby
- Gina Lollobrigida as Maria
- John Spina as Cpl. Miller (uncredited)
- Bing Crosby (archive footage from Pennies from Heaven) (uncredited)
- Edith Fellows (archive footage from Pennies from Heaven) (uncredited)
The film was an original story which was purchased by producer John Beck in 1965. He tried to set the project up at MGM, but after Bob Hope was attached, it was made via United Artists, where Hope had a deal in association with NBC.
- "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
- The National Guardsman, Volume 21, National Guard Association of the United States, 1967, p. 44
- Nat Segaloff, Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Bear Manor Media, 2013, pp. 285–287
- The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell at the Internet Movie Database
- "http://www.flickr.com/photos/tlehman/1556594900/". Flickr.com; filming in Puerto Rico at Camp Tortuguero.
- "http://www.dutchmansdock.com/bhope1176a.jpg.jpg". Dutchman's Dock; filming in Puerto Rico at Naval Station San Juan.
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