McHale's Navy - Season 1

McHale's Navy - Season 1

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Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine

     
 
McHale's Navy was one of the more successful of the military comedy series that came along during the late 1950's and early 1960's, running for four seasons, from 1962 thru 1966; only You'll Never Get Rich (better known as Sergeant Bilko) and Gomer Pyle, USMC, ran longer. The series is extremely fondly remembered by a lot of older

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McHale's Navy was one of the more successful of the military comedy series that came along during the late 1950's and early 1960's, running for four seasons, from 1962 thru 1966; only You'll Never Get Rich (better known as Sergeant Bilko) and Gomer Pyle, USMC, ran longer. The series is extremely fondly remembered by a lot of older baby-boomers for several reasons: The presence of Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine in the lead role; the debut of screen funnyman Tim Conway; and Conway's antics with the series' third star, Joe Flynn -- plus a very colorful supporting cast led by Carl Ballantine. And fans of Sgt. Bilko will remember Billy Sands from the latter show, and viewers will also recognize a young Gavin McLeod, a decade before the Mary Tyler Moore Show and five years further from The Love Boat. And it had a really cool title theme by composer Axel Stordahl, Frank Sinatra's longtime conducter/arranger (indeed, this was one of the last things that Stordahl did before his death in 1963). Producer Edward J. Montagne also saw to it that the scripts and the direction remained fresh and lively, so that the show never lost steam across four seasons. This 5 DVD set contains the entire first season of the half-hour sitcom, 38 episodes, and while not all of them are necessarily good by today's standards, virtually all of them have enough slapstick antics involving Conway and Flynn to make them worth more than a chuckle today, and the good ones -- and there are a lot of good ones -- are still very funny (the second show, A Purple Heart For Gruber, is a stitch, and as much because of Borgnine's and Flynn's comic timing as Conway's). The transfers on these episodes are exceptionally good -- one can actually see the fabric of the uniforms of the men, and the skin textures in the medium shots. It's also good to see the shows restored to full-length (all were cut for syndication), and their sound remastered as well. Apart from a few minor flaws in the film stock -- such as in the opening of the second half of PT 73, Where Are You? -- the full-screen (1.33-to-1) black-and-white image is a match for the best movie transfers of the period. Each episode gets four chapter markers matching the break-points for the original commercial spots, and each of the five discs opens automatically (once one jumps past the promos for other Shout Factory DVD releases) to an easy-to-use menu, offering "Play All" and individual episode access functions. The only bonus feature is a delightful reunion of a handful of the surviving cast members -- Borgnine, Conway, Ballantine, and Edson Stroll (who played Virgil Edwards, the real ladies' man in the crew) -- in which they reminisce about the series and its production.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
On April 3, 1962, the anthology series Fred Astaire's Premiere Theatre aired a one-hour drama entitled Seven Against the Sea, featuring Ernest Borgnine as Quinton McHale, commander of a Navy PT boat whose island base is bombed by the Japanese during World War II. In spite of orders to reconstruct the base, McHale and his surviving men go native, building a still, relaxing with the islanders, and waiting for their chance of rescue. The Japanese reappear, however, and McHale and his men must battle valiantly to keep the island. Based on that dramatic premise, ABC commissioned a series -- albeit a comedy -- that began on October 11, 1962. Borgnine returned from the original drama as Lt. Commander McHale of PT-73, as did Gary Vinson as quartermaster George "Christy" Christopher. Also featured in the series were McHale's superiors, Capt. Wallace Binghamton (Joe Flynn) and Lt. Elroy Carpenter (Bob Hastings), the officers who always sought to put an end to McHale's non-regulation way of life. McHale's crew included second-in-command Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conway, in a breakout role); Lester Gruber (Carl Ballantine); Harrison "Tinker" Bell (Billy Sands); Virgil Edwards (Edson Stroll); Joseph "Happy" Haines (The Love Boat's Gavin MacLeod); and Fuji Kobiaji (Yoshio Yoda), a Japanese deserter who dressed in POW clothes just in case anyone came looking for him. Others included McHale's love interest, nurse Molly Turner (Jane Dulo), and Polynesian chief Urulu (Jacques Aubuchon), who delighted in taking advantage of whoever came into his village. Included on this set are all 36 episodes from the first season, along with a featurette, "The Crew Reunion," in which the crew of the PT-73 reunite after 40 years.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
UPC:
0826663104189
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Time:
15:30:00
Sales rank:
29,711

Special Features

The Crew Reunion - The crew of PT 73 reunites after forty years and shares their memories of the show

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McHale's Navy - Season 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jnyrckt More than 1 year ago
Good Old Times really bring back the memories and comedy. I am buying all the seasons and watch the over again every once and awhile. These days we don't get this good old stuff anymore and the new stuff just isn't worth watching. I recomend this product to anyone who like the good old times.