Operation Petticoat
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Rear Admiral Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) visits the submarine Sea Tiger on the morning of its decommissioning and reminisces about his time as the first commander of the boat, in 1941. Three days after Pearl Harbor, the sub is damaged during an enemy air raid in the Philippines; rather than abandoning her, Sherman and his chiefs refloat the boat. He's forced to accept the services of Lt. (jg) Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who has no sea experience. Sherman appoints Holden -- a born conniver, deal-maker, and scrounger (his motto: "In confusion, there is profit") -- as supply officer,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"There's a distinct lack of forward momentum plaguing Operation Petticoat, which takes forever to get going, and even then only moves in fits and starts, plot-wise."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"Appealing but thin service comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A n ice pairing of the talents of Cary Grant and Tony Curtis"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Vaguely reprehensible but remarkably funny, this wartime comedy may hail from another era, but it's an enjoyably silly romp all the same."
‑ , Film4
"Operation Petticoat has no more weight than a sackful of feathers, but it has a lot of laughs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Hasn't aged especially well. Still, on the strength of Grant and co-lead Tony Curtis, Edwards' film remains a diverting enough escape from reality. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Without a true plot to speak of, you really watch the film for the comic set ups that all have fairly quick payoffs."
‑ Cole Abaius, Film School Rejects
"Splendid, if a little long, service comedy from Edwards."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Hilarious for its oh-so-taboo treatment of things like underwear."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Not unpleasant, but the situations (including the inevitable invasion of women aboard the sub) are horribly familiar, and the dialogue none too inspired."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The gags are bright and Blake Edwards's direction adroit enough to make Operation Petticoat an enjoyable time."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With shining, contarsting turns from Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, Blake Edwards's slick and funny military comedy was one of 1959's most popular films and one of Grant's biggest commercial hits in a long and brilliant career."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ah, Blake Edwards. I remember when he was not just funny--but really funny."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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