Connect with us
McHale's Navy McHale's Navy

TV

McHale’s Navy (ABC 1962-1966, Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway)

Published

on

If you liked uniforms and nifty heavy artillery, but not all that stringent machismo, then P.T. 73 was the Navy boat for you. Its Lieutenant Commander was Quinton McHale, and McHale didn’t exactly run what we call a tight ship, nor did his crew exactly consist of straight-laced company men. Ernest Borgnine played fun loving, rule-breaking McHale in this 60’s sitcom, which found a U.S. Navy fleet stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Though McHale’s corrupt but lovable antics were certainly reminiscent of Sergeant Bilko’s adventures on The Phil Silvers Show, McHale spoofed humorless and hardcore military types in a way all his own.

Since every lover of fun must have a nemesis fun-killer, McHale butted heads with Captain Wallace Binghamton, who was called ‘Old Lead Bottom’ behind his starchy uniformed back. Lead Bottom wanted to send the P.T. 73 boys to the Aleutians and have them out of his regulation-cut hair. He assigned his subordinate Ensign Charles Parker to tame McHale, but when you send in actor Tim Conway (who played Parker) to instill organization anywhere, you’re just asking for trouble. Despite the bootlegging and the gambling and the myriad of other shenanigans, McHale knew the South Pacific territory inside and out, and at the end of the day, he and his crew always got the job done (and then some). This was one rogue Lieutenant Commander, it turned out, who just couldn’t be tamed.

McHale's Navy

To capitalize on the success of the show, two films starring the TV show’s zany players were released, in 1964 and 1965 (as was a feature film remake in 1997). And in the final season of the show, McHale and his crew, including Lead Bottom, were transferred to a small town in Italy. Poor Lead Bottom thought the new venue would slow McHale down, but of course there, too, rules and officiousness didn’t stand a chance. The Italians liked to gamble just as much as P.T. 73 did, and the town mayor was almost as good at breaking the rules as McHale himself.

Poor Lead Bottom. It never pays to be a spoilsport, at least in sitcoms. Irreverence towards, and satire of, an American institution like the Armed Forces would have a big place in television in the years to follow McHale’s Navy (a certain Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, most memorably), but in the early 60’s, irreverence like this was still novel. And consequently, McHale’in all his Hawaiian shirt splendor’was all the more fun to watch.

production details
USA / ABC – Sto-Rev Company / 138×25 minute episodes 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 11 October 1962 – 30 August 1966

Producers: Edward J. Montagne, Si Rose

cast
Ernest Borgnine as Lieut. Comdr. Quinton McHale (1962-66)
Tim Conway as Ensign Charles Parker
Joe Flynn as Captain Wallace Burton Binghamton
Carl Ballantine as Lester Gruber
Gary Vinson as George ‘Christy’ Christopher
Billy Sands as Harrison ‘Tinker’ Bell
Edson Stroll as Virgil Edwards
Jane Dulo as Nurse Molly Turner (1962-64)
Gavin MacLeod as Joseph ‘Happy’ Haines (1962-64)
John Wright as Willy Moss (1964-66)
Yoshio Yoda as Fuji Kobiaji
Bob Hastings as Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Henry Beckman as Col. Douglas Harrigan (1965-66)
Simon Scott as Gen. Bronson (1965-66)
Dick Wilson as Dino Baroni (1965-66)
Jay Novello as Mayor Mario Lugatto (1965-66)
Peggy Mondo as Mama Rosa Giovanni (1965-66)
Roy Roberts as Admiral Bruce Rogers (1962-66)
Jacques Aubuchon as Chief Tali Urulu (1962-65)
Bill Quinn as Admiral Benson (1962-65)
Cindy Robbins as Lt. Gloria Winters

Advertisement












TV

Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

Published

on

By

Clochmerle BBC 1972

Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

cast
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

crew details
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

Continue Reading

TV

Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

Published

on

By

BBC 2 Logo

In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

cast
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

crew details
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

Continue Reading

TV

Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

Published

on

By

Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

cast
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

crew details
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

Continue Reading

THIS JUST IN

ADVERTISEMENT

MOVIES

ADVERTISEMENT

EPISODES

More to View