Operation Petticoat
Operation Petticoat (1959)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1959
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Blake Edwards directs with his customary wit, breeziness, and acute sense of pacing.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Appealing but thin service comedy.

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Variety Staff

Operation Petticoat has no more weight than a sackful of feathers, but it has a lot of laughs.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

Without a true plot to speak of, you really watch the film for the comic set ups that all have fairly quick payoffs.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Not unpleasant, but the situations (including the inevitable invasion of women aboard the sub) are horribly familiar, and the dialogue none too inspired.

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TV Guide

The gags are bright and Blake Edwards's direction adroit enough to make Operation Petticoat an enjoyable time.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
The plot of this movie is pretty silly obviously, and the movie is goofy and funny some of the time, but overall it's not that good.
Kevin M. Williams
if i'm not mistaken this film was made shortly after mr. curtis' stint as cary's tongue-in-cheek doppelganger in "some like in hot", so… More
Ken Stachnik
A lot of good shtick.
ashley hayes-beaty
Its very cute,love Curtis and Grant.
xGary Xx
Another enjoyable WWII comedy from Cary Grant, and Tony Curtis provides some able support as a hustler who turns his now bright pink submarine into a refugee… More
Marcus Woolcott
The film is carried by the double-act of Curtis and Grant, and they do a fine job.