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McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)

  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 160 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | War
  • Release Date: 9 July 1965 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)


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  • IMDb page: McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 160 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | War
  • Release Date: 9 July 1965 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Director: Edward Montagne
  • Stars: Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Bob Hastings | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Jerry Fielding   
  • Sound Mix: Mono (Westrex Recording System)
  • Plot Keyword: Sequel | Military | Patrol Boat | Navy | Based On TV Series

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • William J. Lederer  story
  • John Fenton Murray 

Known Trivia

  • Joe Flynn actually served in the Army during World War II.
  • Henry Beckman and Jacques Aubuchon play different characters than they did in the TV series. Additionally, several other actors, including Jean Hale, Susan Silo and Mako, had guested on the series in different roles.

Goofs: Factual errors: Boxes on aircraft are marked "USAF". There was no USAF during WWII. They would have either been marked USAAF or AAF.

Plot: The crew of PT-73 are in trouble again when Ensign Parker is mistaken for a pilot and gets shanghied into the Air Force.  »

Story: The crew of PT-73 are in trouble again when Ensign Parker is mistaken for a pilot and gets shanghied into the Air Force.


Synopsis: Tim Conway plays WW II PT-boat Navy Ensign Parker who must disguise himself to escape from a sticky situation — unfortunately (one would think) for him, the uniform with which he absconded belongs to the son a 4-star general. Mistaken for the misplaced general’s son, Parker constantly finds himself in situations for which his incompetence ill-prepares him, and yet he not only succeeds (incredibly) but does so while battling the nervous stresses added by the continual presence of Capt. Binghamton.

Parker is almost immediately given a desk job (surrounded with, um, "physically blessed" WAC officers) and from there is assigned a navigator’s position on a bomber. Although scared to fly and totally incompetent at navigation, he does somehow survive the flight. This follows a muffed turn in a flight trainer and grabbing a room in the WAC barracks (yes, hilarity ensued).

Throughout, Ensign Parker is accompanied by nervous nellie Capt. Binghamton, who of course sees disaster around every corner of the plot and is usually the recipient of whatever embarrassment comes their way.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Edward Montagne known as producer
  • Si Rose known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Joe Flynn known as Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
  • Tim Conway known as Ensign Charles Parker
  • Bob Hastings known as Lt. Elroy Carpenter
  • Gary Vinson known as Quatermaster George Christopher
  • Billy Sands known as Motor Machinist Mate Harrison Bell
  • Edson Stroll known as Virgil Edwards
  • John Wright known as Willy Moss
  • Yoshio Yoda known as Takeo 'Fuji' Fugiwara
  • Gavin MacLeod known as Seaman Joseph Haines
  • Tom Tully known as Gen. Harkness
  • Susan Silo known as Cpl. 'Smitty' Smith
  • Henry Beckman known as Col. Platt
  • Ted Bessell known as Lt. Wilbur Harkness
  • Jean Hale known as Sgt. Madge Collins
  • Cliff Norton known as Maj. Bill Grady
  • Willis Bouchey known as Adm. Doyle
  • Berkeley Harris known as Vogel
  • Jacques Aubuchon known as Dimitri
  • Len Lesser known as NKVD commissar
  • Henry Corden known as NKVD deputy
  • Jack Bernardi known as Russian seaman
  • Norman Leavitt known as Russian seaman
  • Joe Ploski known as Russian seaman
  • Andy Albin known as Russian seaman
  • Clay Tanner known as Lt. Wilson
  • Tony Franke known as Sgt. Frank Tresh
  • Mako known as Japanese Submarine Captain (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Larry Germain known as hair stylist
  • Bud Westmore known as makeup artist
  • Ann Ehrhart known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Rolf Miller known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Jack Hamilton known as props (uncredited)
  • Jerry Josephson known as props (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures


  • National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (1968) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (USA) (VHS)
  • Universal Pictures



Other Stuff

Release Date:

  • USA 9 July 1965
  • UK 9 August 1965
  • Denmark 2 May 1966



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. asinyne from United States
    07 Mar 2013, 6:00 am

    This movie is pretty darn old. I think it says here it was released in1965. Anyhow, I've never really considered myself much of Tim Conwayfan and my memories of the series centered on how silly it was. Well,I'm a heckuva lot older now and I can appreciate silly a lot betternow. I laughed out loud at least a dozen times while watching thisearlier today on AMC. I'm pretty positive no film displays the comicgenius of Tim Conway better than this one. I was reminded a lot of thethree stooges, Conway, Joe Flynn, and the guy playing Elroy almoststeal the stooges act completely. The physical comedy is a hoot. Iwould love to have a DVD of this one and some other McHale's Navystuff. Borgnine doesn't make it but that only gives more time forConway and Flynn to just go off. The plot is very above average also,lots of twists and goofy situations for the boys to work their magicwith. I know lots of people will pass on this movie because its oldschool, black and white, no bad language, and done in the classicstyle. But check this out, if you have an interest in comedy and youwant to watch some of the best do it right…don't miss this one.Conway's love interest is a very pretty girl by the way…I don'trecall ever seeing her before..super cute! The actors playing the "bigbrass" are all very good also. The boyfriend from THAT GIRL also has anice part in this one. Give McHale's Navy joins the Air Force a look.It's just as funny as Norbit and there is no pointless vulgarity orpimp stuff. (not that I personally object to that stuff)

  2. missy_baxter ( from Boston, MA
    07 Mar 2013, 6:00 am

    They made two theatrical movies with the cast of the original series withone notable exception — this one didn’t have McHale and thus surroundsBinghamton and Parker — with the usual shtick. There are three funnyscenes and the rest of it rambles on interminably. If you like the series,you will find this bearable but are better off renting a tape with episodesfrom the actual series. Still, this is better than the hideous 1997remake.

  3. vranger from United States
    07 Mar 2013, 6:00 am

    The title of the comment about says it all. Even though there is a goodcomedic cast in this movie and some amusing moments, I think they werea bit desperate to try to sell this without Ernest Borgnine being init.

    On the other hand, you do get to see Tim Conway, and early looks atGavin MacLeod and Bob Hoskins. Sadly, although he was in a lot of TVand film I watched in the 60s, I just never could warm up to JoeFlynn's single character persona. Of course, he was always the foil, soyou weren't meeant to warm up to him. Still, other notable characterfoils managed to do so without being quite as irritating. (Ted Baxterin Mary Tyler Moore, or Richard Deacon in The Dick Van Dyke Show, asexamples).

  4. ljbtvr from United States
    07 Mar 2013, 6:00 am

    Ernest Borgnine was off making The Flight Of the Phoenix when thispicture was made. It's a very good film. I highly recommend it.

    I was wondering why the great Carl Ballantine didn't make the casteither. He's the actor who played Gruber in the series and the firstfilm.

    I had forgotten how awful the movie actually was until both McHale'sNavy films ran in tandem on the satellite the other night. I saw bothof these films as a child and they were basically long versions of theTV show. The first one is the better.

    Tim Conway's physical humor is the only thing that keeps this movieafloat. He did much better stuff as part of the Carol Burnett Showlater on.

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