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McHale's Navy

30 min (138 episodes)
Comedy | War
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 1962-10-11
Filming Locations: CBS Studio Center - 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA
Ernest Borgnine
Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
Joe Flynn
Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Tim Conway
Ensign Charles Parker
Carl Ballantine
Lester Gruber
Gary Vinson
George Christopher
Billy Sands
'Tinker' Bell
Edson Stroll
Virgil Edwards
John Wright
Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda
Fuji Kobiaji
Bob Hastings
Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Gavin MacLeod
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In some early episodes, McHale referred to Ensign Parker as "Charlie".
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The entire Pacific Ocean naval base was built on the back lot of Universal Studios. For many years after the show went off the air, the sets were used as an attraction on the studio tour.
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The vessel used for shots of the PT-73 underway was a 72-foot type II Vosper MTB (Motor Torpedo Boat), a British design built under license in the U.S. for export to Russia. The war ended in August 1945 before the boat--the real number of which was PT-694--could be sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was then purchased by billionaire businessman Howard Hughes and used as a chase boat for the one and only flight of his Spruce Goose aircraft. The boat was then sold to Universal Pictures--as there were few other real PT boats left in existence at the time--and some liberties were taken in reconfiguring it to look like a PT Boat. Vosper PTs did not have machine gun turrets on either side of the pilot house (though ironically, the real PT-73--a Higgins design--did) as the PT-73 in the show did. Other irregularities are the main mast aft and a small mast right in front of the cockpit. Shots of the crew aboard the PT-73 were filmed on a full-scale mock-up in a soundstage. "PT-73" was later sold to the mayor of Hawthorne, California, and was converted to a sport fishing boat. It was destroyed when it broke loose of its mooring near Santa Barbara and washed up on the beach during a storm. The real PT-73 was a 78-foot Higgins boat assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 13, which saw service in the Aleutians and in the Southwest Pacific theater. On 15 January 1945 it ran aground and was destroyed to prevent it falling into enemy hands.
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In some episodes Capt. Binghamton's office door opens inward. In others, outward.
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Although the show is set in the 1940s, the nurses and other women are seen sporting hairdos from the early 1960s.
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Throughout the run of the series, characters are frequently shown saluting indoors and without a hat on. In the United States Navy, personnel are not supposed to salute "uncovered" (not wearing a hat) and "in the house" (indoors).
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Capt. Binghamton: What is it McHale, what do you want what, what, what?
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Ens. Charles Parker: Gee I love that kind of talk. Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options Lieut. Comdr. Quinton McHale: Great jumping Jehoshaphat!
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Capt. Binghamton: Why me? Why is it always me?
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Photos from cast
Ann McCrea J. Edward McKinley Joan Staley