The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell

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The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
DVD cover of The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Produced by John Beck
Written by Robert M. Fresco (story)
John L. Greene (story)
Frank Tashlin
Starring Bob Hope
Phyllis Diller
Jeffrey Hunter
Music by Harry Sukman
Edited by Eda Warren
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
92 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,400,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell is a 1968 film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, and Jeffrey Hunter. It was the final film for Tashlin, who died in 1972.

Plot summary[edit]

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, 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.



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.[2] 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. ^ Nat Segaloff, Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Bear Manor Media, 2013, pp. 285–287
  3. ^ The National Guardsman, Volume 21, National Guard Association of the United States, 1967, p. 44

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