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McHale's Navy - McHale's Navy

American television series 1962–1966
McHales Marine
Front to back: McHale, Binghamton, Parker, Fuji, Zimmermann, Hobbyist, Virgil, Christy, Willy, Gruber
Created by Edward Montagne
With Ernest Borgnine
Tim Conway
Joe Flynn
Bob Hastings
Gary Vinson
Carl Ballantine
Theme composer Axel Stordahl
Composers Axel Stordahl
Cyril Mockridge
Frank Comstock
Jack Elliott
Country of origin United States
Number of seasons 4
Number of episodes 138 (list of episodes)
Producers Edward Montagne
Si Rose (1964-1966)
Camera setup Single camera
running time 30 minutes
Production companies Sto-Rev-Co Productions
Revue Studios (1962–1963)
(Season 1)
Universal Television
(Seasons 2-4)
Distributor Universal Television
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Image format Black and white
Audio format Mono
Original version October 11, 1962 - April 12, 1966 (1962-10-11)
 ( 1966-04-12 )

McHale's Navy is an American sitcom starring Ernest Borgnine, which aired from October 11, 1962 to April 12, 1966 on ABC television 138 half-hour episodes in four seasons. The series was shot in black and white and emerged from an hour-long drama entitled " Seven against the sea ", which aired on April 3, 1962. The ABC series spawned three feature films: McHale's Navy (1964); a continuation , McHales Navy joins the Air Force (1965); and a 1997 sequel remake of the original series. The show can now be seen on Antenna TV.

"Seven Against the Sea" (1962)

Oscar-winning dramatic actor Ernest Borgnine first appeared as Quinton McHale in a one-shot drama entitled "Seven Against the Sea," which appeared in 1962 as a result of Alcoa Premiere aired , a dramatic ABC anthology, also known as the Fred Astaires Premiere Theater and is known to be moderated by Fred Astaire, who introduced the television audience to the Quinton McHale character. It is considered a pilot show for the series.


During World War II, Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale (Borgnine) is the commanding officer of the PT-73- Boats PT-73 the US Navy , which is stationed on the Pacific island base of Taratupa. In the late spring of 1942, the Japanese heavily bombed the island and destroyed the base. Only 18 out of 150 Naval Aviators and Marines survive on the base. With Japanese patrols in the area too heavy for a Navy rescue mission, McHale and his men survive by hiding on the island. Supported by the local tribes with whom they are friends, the seafarers live a pleasant island life. After months of leisurely life, Annapolis graduate Lieutenant Durham (Ron Foster) parachute onto the island. His job is to take on duties as McHale's executive officer and help him get the Taratupa base back into action.

Ron Foster as Lieutenant Durham and Ernest Borgnine as McHale from "Seven Against the Sea", 1962

Durham faces an uphill battle: the men have become native. A man has opened a local laundry service and McHale runs a still that makes moonlight for the men and the natives. In addition, McHale is friends with the local chief and even bathes with him. When Durham informs McHale of his orders, McHale refuses to obey them. It is clear that, after the devastation caused by the Japanese on the island, McHale, while as loyal as any American, is reluctant to risk losing more men. Now his concern is to survive until they can be saved, which leads to friction between Durham and McHale. When they learn that a naval battalion is pinned to a beach and an enemy cruiser is planning to attack the beachhead in the morning, McHale's attitude changes. McHale is ordered to use all of their boats to protect the beachhead and the marines, but he has no boats as the Japanese sunk them all. However, McHale manages to capture a Japanese PT boat that is patrolling the island. McHale surprises the men and Durham and does not plan to use the boat to evacuate his men or the Navy battalion. Instead, he will attack and destroy the Japanese cruiser. He estimates that since they are on a Japanese boat and flying a Japanese flag, they can pull into the cruiser twice and torpedo it and send it down.

"Seven Against the Sea" is available for public viewing at the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) in New York City and Los Angeles.



This episode of an early dramatic anthology series received respectable reviews and ABC ordered a series. The series requested by the network differed significantly in tone from the pilot. In an interview in the magazine Cinema retro Borgnine said the show was intended as a vehicle for Ron Foster to be signed to Universal Pictures, but that didn't work out. Producer Jennings Lang remembered the film Destination Gobi who inspired a half hour comedy on the PT boat of the Borgnine character. The main character in Destination Gobi, played by Richard Widmark, was called McHale.

McHale's Navy (1962–1966)

This crazy military service comedy series was filmed in the Pacific Theater of World War II - last season changed the setting to European theater in Italy - and focused on the crazy Misfit crew of PT-73, smart guys with crazy antics, led by Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, played by Borgnine. The producer Edward Montagne had success with The Phil Silvers Show (1955-1959), a military comedy about an opportunistic sergeant and his loyal platoon who imposed crazy things on the camp commandant. While the pilot had been dramatic, with overtones of Henry Fonda's introspective Mister Roberts, Montagne transformed the "McHale" project into "Bilko in the Navy" and recruited Sgt. Bilko Actor and writer. In contrast to Phil Silver's Show, which took place in peacetime was McHales Navy however, ceased during World War II, although much of it takes place in a way, as if it were peacetime, with the crew permanently stationed in one place and concerned about peacetime rather than war. If Borgnine had any concerns about the show's new direction, he would hide it and play a straight man for the comedians around him. At the time of the series, then-President John F. Kennedy was the war commander of the PT-109 known . A popular book PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II by Robert J. Donovan, published the previous year and PT-109 was sometimes cunningly mentioned in some episodes relating to a young commissioned PT boat officer (episode "Jolly Wally"). .


The basic plot revolves around McHale's crew's insane plans to make money, get girls and have a ball, and Captain Binghamton (McHale's manager) efforts to get away from the for good PT-73- Liberate crew, either by transfer or by court-martial. Although they get in trouble forever, they get out of trouble (almost always unintentionally). Despite their intrigue, forbearance, and often lazy and unmilitary demeanor, McHale's crew always end up successful in combat. This is very similar to the UK radio broadcast The Navy Lark, which was broadcast during the same period. The entire show is based on just two locations, one in the South Pacific at a fictional base called Taratupa - the inferred location (first episode) is islands south of New Zealand and an equally fictional city in Italy called Voltafiore. The first few episodes just show that it's "somewhere in the South Pacific, 1943". In the South Pacific, McHale's crew lives on "McHale's Island", which is described as opposite Taratupa. It keeps them away from the main base where they are free to carry out their antics and even wage war. In the final season, Binghamton and the entire pull PT-73- Crew at the end of 1944 in the liberated Italian theater in the city of Voltafiore "in southern Italy".


season consequences Originally broadcast
First broadcast Last broadcast
1 36 October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01) June 27, 1963 (1963-06-27)
2 36 September 7, 1963 (1963-09-07) May 9, 1964 (1964-05-09)
3 36 September 5, 1964 (September 5, 1964) June 1, 1965 (1965-06-01)
4 30 September 4, 1965 (1965-09-04) April 2, 1966 (1966-04-02)

Normal characters

Lieutenant Commander McHale

Ernest Borgnine as Commander McHale.

Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale (Ernest Borgnine) - A main character in the series. He is also a former captain of a tramp steamer who is familiar with the South Pacific and is particularly knowledgeable about the islands and natives around Taratupa, which often helps him in combat situations and makes him a favorite with the admirals (Borgnine actually served in the U.S. Navy during World War II). Like his crew, he is unmilitary in many ways, but always a strong and competent leader who is very protective of his crew. Just like his crew, McHale likes to wear and use Hawaiian-style clothing when he is not on duty PT-73 go deep sea fishing and water skiing (as Gruber says in the 1964 film: "This is not an officer, this is our skipper."). Roughly but lovingly, he often calls his crew "Schlockmeisters" and goofballs. He is called "Skip" by his crew. Although he yells at them a lot and tries to put his foot down, he loves his crew too much to hit them that hard. McHale's catchphrase is "Stop it, you octopus" and when you're trying to find an excuse, a quick, "Well, good, good, good". He speaks Japanese, Italian and local island dialects. In the 1964 film, he briefly speaks fluent French. When the crew is in Italy, McHale's Italian is quite good for him and his mother is Italian (Borgnine's parents were both from Italy). Borgnine played his Italian cousin Giuseppe in a double role, who speaks no English in "Giuseppe McHale" and "The Return of Giuseppe".

Ensign Parker

Ensign Charles Beaumont Parker (Tim Conway) - McGale's likable but silly deputy is referred to as "Chuck" by McHale and "Mister Parker" by the crew (warrant officer in the US Navy) first lieutenant who is not in command , are often referred to as "Mister". Conway's shy, assertive, naive, easily gung-ho bastard often succeeds despite clownish ineptitude (a theme that defined career). Like Conway, Ensign Parker is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Parker was born between 1916 and 1920 and worked for the Chagrin Falls Gazette. Despite trying to be military, he is too stupid to pay too much respect, and in many episodes Parker gets into trouble because he is clumsy and unable to accidentally fire depth attacks or downing allied planes. Even before Ensign Parker becomes a member of the McHale crew, Ensign Parker's personnel file contains a laundry list of serious spills, including the crash of a destroyer escort into a dock, something vague in the thick fog with the heavy cruiser USS Minneapolis and the proclamation of a Navy airstrike on a Navy gasoline dump. Due to his considerable unrest, the crew try to protect Parker, who they believe will not survive as an officer without their help. Also, he starts very slowly and doesn't know when to shut up (McHale usually gives Parker a discreet kick or stomps on his foot to silence him). For example, when Binghamton says, "The cat is out of the pocket," Parker says, "I'm sure it's here somewhere, sir. Here, kitty, kitty." Parker's catchphrase is "Gee, I love this kind of conversation," and he likes to quote naval regulations that he knows by heart but that he somehow can never quite remember his serial number. In the episode titled "The Great Impersonation," Ensign Parker plays British General Smythe-Pelly (Conway in a double role) in Noumea, New Caledonia (where he evades assassins) while the actual general leads an invasion against Japanese forces. Parker plays Admiral Chester "Rockpile" Beaty in "The Seven Faces of Ensign Parker" in another Conway double role. In "HMS 73" Parker poses as the fake British Rear Admiral Sir Reggie Grother-Smyth and embodies British Admiral Clivedon Sommers in "The British Also Have Ensigns". From time to time, Parker is asked to deceive Captain Binghamton in a voice that impersonates President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Parker also impersonates Roosevelt in McHales Navy joins the Air Force ).

Captain Binghamton

Joe Flynn as Captain Wally Binghamton

Captain Wallace "Wally" Burton Binghamton USNR (Joe Flynn) -McHale's constantly frustrated commanding officer known as the "Old Leadbottom" (usually behind his back - a nickname he got from a rear gunshot wound). A married marine reservist, he worked as a commodore for a Long Island yacht club and editor of a yacht magazine before the war. Binghamton is naughty and evil, and often dreams of admiral promotion or the occasional military glory, but is far too incompetent, cowardly and a bit silly (at the beginning of the series, Binghamton is a pretty serious officer but gets silly progress with the series) . Binghamton comes close to being promoted to Admiral Rogers' staff on The Balloon Goes Up, but because it has taken Binghamton too long to get things right (because of McHale's crew) someone else gets the promotion. The one time Binghamton did the PT-73 leads into battle, he only manages to hit an enemy truck with a torpedo (a gag used in the Cary Grant movie Operation petticoat was used ) to "sink" ashore based on an actual attack by the USS Bowfin . Binghamton is constantly trying to get "the goods" on "McHale and his pirates" for jail or transfer, and he gets close most of the time just to get McHale's crew out of trouble, usually by having them Kind of military success, through some form of blackmail (like telling the admiral what really happened) or because Binghamton wants some kind of favor from McHale. When he's not complaining to his superiors about McHale and his crew, Binghamton is constantly trying to impress superior officers, VIPs, or people with connections for personal gain - which usually backfires and makes him look stupid. As a running gag, Binghamton gets knocked down forever (usually by Parker or Carpenter) or covered in something messy (also usually because of Parker). Binghamton is blind without glasses and has his glasses taped or removed several times (to keep him from seeing anything). Occasionally he throws arrows at a picture of McHale. His catchphrases are: "What in the name of the Blue Pacific" or "What in the name of Nimitz (or Halsey)?" (as if seeing gambling or local dancers on McHale's Island) and "What is it, what, what, what, what ?!" (usually in response to McHale's "Well-a, well-a, well-a"). A running gag has a frustrated Binghamton who looks up and says, "Why me? Why am I always?" (also used by Tinker in an episode) or "Someone up there hates me!" His favorite saying is "I could just scream!" which was once used by McHale, Carpenter, and even Fuji. The only time Binghamton has ever been with the PT-73- crew is finished, is in McHales Navy. Join the Air Force when he orders the crew, under the command of Ensign Parker, to jump from a dock into the water. In the pilot, "An Ensign for McHale," the sign outside Binghamton's office reads "Capt. RF Binghamton, USNR," although his name is later set to be Wallace Burton Binghamton.

Lieutenant Carpenter

Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter (Bob Hastings, a veteran of the Phil Silver's Show ) - Bhinghamton's sycophantic bumblebee helper who tries to be military but is too incapable of being taken seriously. He's just starting out slowly and doesn't know when to shut up. Like Parker, he often knocks down or has Binghamton knocked down for his clumsiness and idiocy. Like Parker, Carpenter is exposed to Binghamton's tirades. At the beginning of the first season, Lt. Carpenter PT-116, go but soon in less responsibility over. In McHales Navy (1964) says Carpenter is from Cleveland. In the spin-off film McHales Navy joins the Air Force is Carpenter for PT-116 responsible, which is immediately sunk in the first few minutes of the film.

PT-73 crew

Quartermaster George "Christy" Christopher (Gary Vinson, also starred in the dramatic pilot "Seven Against the Sea") - Whenever McHale denies PT-73 does not control personally , Christy will be at the top. Besides Binghamton, he is the only married man and the only one with children. Christy marries Lt. Gloria Winters (Cindy Robbins) at the start of the series on Operation Wedding Party and she moves to San Diego. They have a daughter not long after in the episode "The Big Raffle". Because his crew helped them get married, their daughter is named after the crew Quintina Charlene Leslie Wilhelmina Harriet Virginia Hetty Fujiana (for Quinton, Charles, Lester, Willy, Harrison, Virgil, Happy and Fuji).

Radioman Willy Moss (John Wright, also featured in Seven Against the Sea) - A good-natured southerner from Tennessee who runs the crew statue and is responsible for radio and telephone communications for the crew. It also serves as a PT-73 's Sonar Operator. In "The British Have Ensigns too" it is revealed that he has nine brothers and sisters.

Torpedomans Comrade Lester Gruber (Carl Ballantine) - A hustler and hack-magician whose quick plans (like promoting gambling and selling moonshine and war souvenirs) often get the crew into trouble (when the crew isn't stealing supplies or equipment) . . Gruber is from Brooklyn, worked in a used car dealership, and often refers to Dodgers and Ebbets Field. Carl Ballantine entertained troops with his comedy and magic during World War II.

Engine Machinist's Mate Harrison James "Tinker" Bell (Billy Sands, "Pvt. Paparelli" on Bilko ) - A top notch mechanic in charge of the PT-73 on Keep going.

Gunner's Mate Virgil Edwards (Edson Stroll) - A handsome and well-built lover boy who is a blast with a .50 caliber machine gun. According to the episode "The Truth Hurts," Virgil has been in the service for at least six years.

Seaman Joseph "Happy" Haines (Gavin MacLeod, later from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Love Boat ) -MacLeod left the series before season three to be in the film The Sand Pebbles to appear . He was in the movie too Operation petticoat by Seen in 1959 , of some similarities with McHales Navy.

  • Christy, Willy, and even the stills were broadcasts from the original dramatic pilot.
  • In the first season the crew members have equal rights, in later seasons a "pecking order" is established with Gruber at the head, although three of the crew members are superior to him. Christy, Virgil and Bell are little officers, 1st class, Willy and Gruber are little officers, 2nd class and Happy is a sailor (he doesn't wear a patch).
  • Sometimes the crew members wear crazy disguises to carry out elaborate plans, for example when McHale has to orchestrate a fake Japanese attack, Fuji, along with Gruber, Bell and Parker, dresses in Japanese uniforms with Gruber's war souvenirs (which he tries to sell forever). When in Italy some of the crew members and even Fuji wear German uniforms for similar reasons. In several episodes in the South Pacific, the crew disguises themselves like "native savages", with Gruber playing the role of a witch doctor or a boss. When a situation calls for disguise as a woman, Tinker or Ensign Parker usually dresses in drag.


Sailor 3rd Class Fujiwara Takeo Kobiashi, 'Fuji' (Yoshio Yoda) - Perhaps the most unusual character on the series, the lovable young Japanese prisoner of war and deserter to the Japanese Imperial Navy whom the PT-73- Crew as de facto Comrade and hiding from Binghamton and almost everyone outside of McHale's gang. In the episode titled "A Letter for Fuji" his name is given as Fujiwara Takeo. in "The August Tea House by Quint McHale" and the movie McHales Navy joins the Air Force, it is given as Takeo Fujiwara. (In Japanese culture, the last name is before the first name.) Although Fuji is a member of the Japanese military and has a girlfriend in Japan (Mioshi, whom he finds out to be married), his only loyalty is to PT-73- Occupation and not the Japanese war effort. In the episodes "The Truth Hurts" and "The Vampire of Taratupa" it is shown that Fuji comes from Yokohama. In one of the episodes of the fourth season in Italy, it is revealed that he has a second cousin who is a lieutenant in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In return for a safe house instead of incarceration in a POW camp, Fuji likes to serve as the crew's houseboy and cook in their camp on McHale's Island. Keeping Fuji's presence and identity a secret from Captain Binghamton and others is a running gag with insane consequences throughout the series. In order not to be discovered during an inspection by Binghamton, for example, Fuji dresses up and poses in the premiere episode ("An Ensign For McHale") as a Polynesian boss (Binghamton remarks: "With a Japanese accent?"). In the first episode in Europe ("War, Italian Style") he died as a member of the 442nd Japanese-American regiment (where he found a second cousin through his mother's family, Kobayashi). In "The Mothers of PT-73 "and" Orange Blossoms for McHale "he is introduced as a Filipino houseboy. In" Fuji's Big Romance "he is a partly Hawaiian sailor. Fuji is involved in a common scenario on the show, whenever Binghamton approaches the island unannounced The crew went to McHale for instructions. The main concern, of course, was to get Fuji out of sight before he was spotted. Without exception, the first order from McHale's mouth was, "Fuji, make your way into the mountains!" he makes his way to the other side of the island. This scenario is played so often that McHale starts with "Fuji ..." and Fuji with "I know" in one episode in the later seasons. Auf nach Hills "ends. Fuji's seemingly fluent but clumsy command of the English language serves as a comic device; The unexpected and arbitrary use of American slang and ethnic idioms, all of which are spoken with a heavy Japanese accent, is particularly humorous Yiddish lawsuit Oy vey and the Italian exclamation Mamma mia! . He affectionately calls Commander McHale "Skippa-san" and Ensign Parker "Parka-san" (see Japanese honors).

More information

"McHale's Paradise Hotel", Barbara Lyon, Ernest Borgnine and Jane Dulo

The first episode, entitled "An Ensign For McHale," sets the tone for the entire series. This is Ensign Parker's assignment to McHale's crew, having already passed through several ensigns who couldn't stand their unmilitary, sluggish and inadequate ways. One of them even suffered a nervous breakdown. Parker gets a week from Binghamton to reform the crew or get the worst reallocation. At first, the crew treat Parker just as badly as the other flags, but after McHale finds that Parker has integrity, he decides to help Parker by making his crew much more like the regular Navy. The last season had a total change of scenery, as Binghamton, Carpenter and the whole PT-73- Crew together with Fuji (who is in the -73 hidden when she was transported) at the end of "1944" in the liberated Italian theater moved the coastal town of Voltafiore in "southern Italy", where Binghamton becomes the military governor and they become members of the PT Boat Squadron 19. Moneymaking plans of the crazy and slightly crooked Mayor Mario Lugatto (Jay Novello) and the crazy antics of the citizens lead to many more twists and turns. For example, when McHale and his crew first arrive in Voltafiore, they are greeted by the newly liberated citizens with the Nazi salute Sieg Heil welcomed. While Binghamton and Carpenter live well in Town Hall, McHale and his men are forced by Binghamton to bivouac in tents near the beach. However, they stumble upon an abandoned wine cellar that becomes their secret underground hideout, where they hide Fuji (and of course, Binghamton spots him almost several times). Later they add a submarine-style periscope and fancy furniture. Colonel Douglas Harrigan (Henry Beckman) of the US Army is Binghamton's superior as the military commander in chief of the Binghamton area and also a thorn in the side of Binghamton. As an intriguer, Harrigan is sometimes on McHale's side, sometimes on Binghamton's side, or plays against each other - whatever suits his purposes. Beckman also played Colonel Platt in McHales Navy joins the Air Force. In "McHale the Desk Commando", McHale learns what a tough job it is when he replaces Binghamton as base commander of Taratupa so that Binghamton doesn't have to face the tough Admiral "Iron Pants" Rafferty (Philip Ober) Naval Inspection (a Episode with a young Raquel Welch as Lt. Wilson). About the only time Binghamton did the PT-73- Crew in McHales Navy supports, joins the Air Force, in which he pushes them off the dock one by one (with the exception of Parker, who jumps off after the others are pushed off; McHale and Gruber) were not in the film). Sometimes Binghamton tries to use legitimate means to get rid of McHale and / or his crew (albeit usually underhanded). In "All Chiefs and No Indians," Binghamton attempts to promote the entire crew to the chief petty officer so that they can be split up and reassigned. If they purposely fail the exams after figuring out what Binghamton is up to, he'll still give them all passed grades anyway. Another example is the episode titled "Little Red Riding Doctor," in which Don Knotts the army psychiatrist Lt. Pratt is Binghamton led to believe that McHale's crew is suffering from a terrible case of battle fatigue and should be sent back to the United States. The two films with the same basic cast, McHale's Navy and McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (both in color; the series itself never made it in color) have the same basic storyline as the show in the South Pacific, and in many ways were just extensions of the show. Even parts of the New Caledonia filming location in the first film are identical to episodes from the show. In 1966, low ratings and repetitive storylines ended McHales Navy after only four seasons.

Other characters


McHale (Borgnine) watches in fear as Urulu (Jacques Aubuchon) curses Binghamton.

Many of the episodes in the South Pacific involve interactions with local islanders. The most colorful is the Polynesian boss and witch doctor Pali Urulu (Jacques Aubuchon), who is just as dodgy and scheming as McHale and his men. When McHale and the crew are in Urulus village, the chief shows a portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; When the Japanese troops arrive, Urulu turns it over to reveal a portrait of the Japanese Emperor Hirohito (in another episode he does the same with the Japanese and American flags). Although "primitive," Urulu is like Gruber (whom he learns a lot from, usually to Gruber's regret) - a hustler always looking for ways to make money or scam money from the Navy. In the episode titled "We Do The Voodoo", after Binghamton refuses to pay Urulu for damage to his coconut grove, Urulu uses his powers to curse Binghamton, who then goes on a bad streak. In "The Balloon Goes Up," Urulu shows the sign of "Gone Headhunting" when he leaves his cabin and is referred to as a cannibal by Binghamton and McHale (no indication that it should be taken literally). Aubuchon also played the Russian sailor Dimitri in McHales Navy joins the Air Force.

Big Frenchy

Another shady character is Big Frenchy, played by George Kennedy on "French Leave For McHale" and "The Return of Big Frenchy". He is a thieving French smuggler, a small boat captain, and an old friend of McHale's who knows better than to turn his back on him. In "The Return of Big Frenchy" he convinces Binghamton and Parker that he is a member of the "French Underground" (French resistance) so that he can steal supplies. Kennedy also played New Caledonia businessman Henri Le Clerc in the 1964 film. Kennedy began his career in showbiz as a technical consultant on the 'Bilko' show.

Senior officers

The show has its share of admirals. Admiral Rogers is played by Roy Roberts in 22 episodes. In some episodes his first name is John, in others Bruce. Herbert Lytton played Admiral Roscoe G. Reynolds in 11 episodes. Bill Quinn played Benson, Slocum and Admiral Bruce Elliott in six episodes. Willis Bouchey played Admiral Hawkins in three episodes. Admiral Rafferty was played by Philip Ober in "McHale, the Desk Commando" and "McHale's Floating Laudromat". Ted Knight played Admiral "Go-Go" Granger in "The Fountain of Youth" and "One of Our Engines Is Missing". In "Uncle Admiral" Harry Von Zell played Ensign Parker's uncle, Vice Admiral Tim "Bull Dog" Parker. Simon Scott played General Bronson nine times when the show is in Italy. Henry Beckman as Colonel in the US Army, Harrigan, was also regularly seen in the Italian episodes. His actor also played Air Corps Colonel Pratt in McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force.

Roles with multiple characters

Peggy Mondo played several roles on the series. She played the stout daughter of a Polynesian chief, Little Flower, who is always looking for a husband like Ensign Parker or even Binghamton. Mondo also played Fifi in "French Leave for McHale" and a few episodes as Mama Giovanni and Rosa Giovanni when the crew is in Italy. Stanley Adams played a local chief, the Shah of Durani and political chief Frank Templeton in the last episode, "Wally for Congress". Richard Jury played Lt. Plowright in Parents Anonymous and a silly dentist in The Novocain Mutiny. Both Syl Lamont (who played Yeoman Tate) and Clay Tanner (who played a marine guard) made multiple appearances on the series. Tony Franke also appeared several times on the series and as Sgt. Frank Tresh in the film McHale's Navy joins the Air Force. Dick Wilson played Voltafiori citizen and partner of Mayor Dino Baroni. Walter Brooke and Nelson Olmstead each played several different naval officers. Actors who repeatedly played Japanese soldiers and sailors include Dale Kino (who also played a Nisei sergeant), John Fujioka, and Mako (the one in the film The Sand Pebbles played for which MacLeod left the series).

Guest stars

In "The Missing Link," Marlo played Thomas Binghamton's niece, Cynthia Prentice, who is interested in Ensign Parker, although this is purely for anthropological reasons. In "Camera, Action, Panic," Arte Johnson played the awkward cameraman Sweeney, who made a film about the PT-73- Crew turns in action. Bernie Kopell (who played with MacLeod in The Love Boat starred) Colonel Pryer, who is the obnoxious manager of movie star Rita Howard, played by Lisa Seagram. In "Hello McHale? Colonna!" McHale tries to get the comic book Jerry Colonna to do an unscheduled Special Services show. Pat Harrington Jr. played the thieving Guido Panzini in McHale's Country Club Caper. Steve Franken played the snooty Lt. Jason Whitworth III in "Birth of a Salesman," who Binghamton hopes will get insurance for sales of insurance after the war. George Furth played the self-centered Roger Whitfield III, who tries to use Binghamton's hopes to get back his old job at Whitfield's father's yacht club in "Dart Gun Wedding". Marvin Kaplan played MIT electronics genius Ensign Eugene J. Kwazniak in All Ahead, Empty, in which the PT-73 is wired for the remote control. Bernard Fox played the clumsy Second Lieutenant Cedric Clivedon in "The British Have Ensigns Too". Susan Silo played Virgil's blind friend Babette in Babette, Go Home. Jesse Pearson played the singing idol Harley Hatfield in "The Rage of Taratupa". In Make Room for Orvie, Michael Burns played 18-year-old Seaman Orvie Tuttle, who is the newest member of the PT-73- Crew is but not going with the crew when they move to Italy in the next episode. Ann McCrea was cast as Carol Kimberly in Beauty and the Beast (1963). In "The Comrades of 73" in which the PT-73 To be sent to the Soviet Union as part of Lend Lease, Sue Ane Langdon played Russian commander Krasni and Cliff Norton played Russian admiral Gurevitch (Norton also played an Australian sergeant major in the 1964 film and Major Bill Grady in McHales Navy joins the Air Force ).

PT-73 Crew love life

McHale is always hopeful love interest while on the show in the South Pacific is Marine Nurse Molly Turner ( Bilko 's Jane Dulo), a New Jersey gal who always tries to find the always romantically difficult McHale corner. Another love interest of the reluctant McHale is an old friend and a bit of a wild Kate O'Hara (Joyce Jameson). First his crew tries to get McHale interested in her, then Kate tries to blackmail McHale into marrying her, and then Binghamton tries to blackmail her to marry McHale when she tries to retire. Another love interest of the reluctant McHale is Maggie Monohan (Jean Willes) in "The Return of Maggie," the owner of a New Caledonia gambling establishment and an old flame from McHale who wants him back but he doesn't want her back (Willes played a very similar role to Margot Monet in the 1964 film). Willes also played Congressman Clara Carter Clarke on Send Us a Hero. Although Ensign Parker is painfully shy of women, Yvette Gerard is a pretty French girl from a nearby island, played by Claudine Longet (who also played an almost identical character, Andrea Bouchard from New Caledonia, in the 1964 film). . In "A Medal For Parker," his girlfriend is at home in Chagrin Falls, Mary (Kathleen Gately), who is more interested in meeting a war hero than Parker. While the very shy Parker is shy of women, women aren't always shy of Parker, as in "The Happy Sleepwalker," when Lt. Nancy Culpepper (Sheila James) finds Parker irresistible. In "The Vampire of Taratupa" Parker dated Lt. Melba Benson (Ann Elder), who is as big a Klutz as he is. In the episode titled "36-24-73" in Italy, references are made to a relationship between Parker and the female ensign Sandra Collins (Maura McGiveney), after he rigorously corrected her as to which sections certain regulations apply (she then talk about which regulations are their favorites). Together with other WAVES clad in bathing suits, they offer valuable (if completely ignorant) help in capturing a German submarine when its captain drives the submarine aground to get a better view. McGiveney also played the role of Judy in the episode "The Stool Parrot". Although the crew (especially mistress Virgil) is forever hunting women (naval nurses, native island girls, or native Italian women), certain women win their interest more than others. After receiving a "Dear John Letter," Willy's love interest turns to the sister of the southern beauty, Cindy Bates (Brenda Wright). Tinker tries to impress in "Scuttlebutt" and win over the moody nurse Betsy Gordonlove (Barbara Werle). Happy's love interest in "The Happy Sleepwalker" is Lt. Anne Wright (Lois Roberts). When Gruber's girlfriend Ginger (Jean Hale) appears in "Lester, the Skipper" to surprise him, McHale is persuaded to let Gruber pretend he's in command of the PT-73, while she is there. In "Fuji's Big Romance" the lonely prisoner of war falls in love with the beautiful Sulani (Yvonne Ribuca), the daughter of a Polynesian chief, when the crew takes him sympathetically on one of their social trips to a luau with the local islanders. Aside from Binghamton and Christy, none of the regular characters on the series are married and only Christy has children.


Unless otherwise noted, the actors appeared on the show every season of the year:

  • Ernest Borgnine as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale
  • Tim Conway as Ensign Charles Parker
  • Joe Flynn as Captain Wallace Burton Binghamton ("Old Leadbottom")
  • Bob Hastings as Lieutenant Elroy Carpenter
  • Gary Vinson as George "Christy" Christopher, Quartermaster
  • Bobby Wright as Willy Moss, radioman
  • Carl Ballantine as Lester Gruber, Torpedoman's sidekick
  • Billy Sands as Harrison "Tinker" Bell, engineer and engine machinist buddy
  • Edson Stroll as Virgil Edwards, the shooter's comrade
  • Gavin MacLeod as Joseph "Happy" Haines, seaman (1962–1964)
  • Yoshio Yoda as Fuji Kobiaji, cook, 3rd class seaman, Japanese prisoner of war; In season 2, episode 13 ("A Letter for Fuji") he is given the name Fujiwara Takeo.

The real PT-73

The real one PT-73 was completed on August 12, 1942 by Higgins Industries, Inc., New Orleans. It was 24 meters long, weighed 56 tons and had a top speed of 40 knots. It was assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 13 under the command of Commander James B. Denny, USN. The squadron took part in the Aleutian campaign from March 1943 to May 1944. The squadron was then transferred to the Southwest Pacific, where the squadron became active in Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea. Mindoro, Philippines; and Brunei Bay, Borneo. The squadron was also stationed in Dreger Harbor, New Guinea and San Pedro Bay, Philippines, for a period, but saw no action from these bases. Overall, the real one had PT-73 not the kind of illustrious fight record portrayed on the series. It ran aground off Lubang Island in the Philippines on January 15, 1945 after delivering supplies to Filipino guerrillas and was destroyed by the occupation to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.


Gary Vinson, Lisa Seagram and Borgnine

The naval base in the Pacific Ocean was on the rear lot of Universal Studios. For years after the show went off the air, the sets have been an attraction on the studio tour. The portion of the Universal Studios tour that sees Bruce the Shark attack the tourist train takes place in McHale's Lagoon, according to the guides. There were three on the show PT-73- Boats used. One was for shooting at sea and two were converted 63-foot WWII Army Air Force marine lifeboats stationed at Universal Studios and reconfigured above deck to resemble the ship that was used to film PT-73 used has been. a 71-foot Vosper Type II (motorized torpedo boat) MTB, a British design built in the United States for export to the Soviet Union. The war ended in August 1945 before the boat with the hull number PT-694 was sent to the Soviet Union. The boat was bought by Howard Hughes for a chase boat for the only flight of his Spruce Goose plane. The boat was sold to the studio - as there were few PT boats, almost all of which were sold, withdrawn or destroyed by various governments after the war - which allowed considerable freedom in reconfiguring the Vosper 694 and the two Sea Rescue Boats taken resemble a PT boat from the time of World War II.

  • The Vosper's charthouse and bridge configuration were retained.
  • Gun turrets were placed on either side of the charthouse to see where they would have been on a stock Vosper 71-ft. However, this was not the configuration of the Elco 80s, but mimicked the boats of the Higgins 78 'PT-71 Class.
  • On McHale's boat, each turret mounted a single .50 caliber M2 heavy machine gun on an external tubular steel spindle fed from a 100-round ammunition box, while the real boats mounted two M2 heavy machine guns in the Mk-17- Gun mounts used / Mk-9 gun carriage combinations that rotated within the turret body and had integrated ammunition magazines and feed systems that held 250 rounds in disintegrating ribbons for each pistol.
  • The towers on the show also got rid of the circumferential security cages that kept the .50-caliber cannons from accidentally firing at the boat during the heat of the battle.
  • A single M2, .50 caliber mounted on an M4-style tubular stand appeared, disappeared, and moved from scene to scene on the forward deck. Normally the forward weapon would have been either an M2 .50 caliber. heavy machine gun or Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft gun on a pedestal to the right of centerline, closer to the charthouse at the rear, and possibly a 37mm Browning aircraft cannon or M3 Army 37mm anti-tank gun strapped or bolted to the front of the deck is (as was the case for the PT-109 thought).
  • A pseudo "radar" unit and mast were added aft of the fuselage where a Mk-4 Oerlikon 20mm self-defense cannon was normally mounted. The mast on the navigating bridge of the - 73 was also wrong.
  • The 40 mm Bofors cannon or the pedestal-mounted 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun, which can usually be found on the quarterdeck, has been completely removed, as has one of the fan housings in the engine compartment and the M2 smoke protection generator.
  • Two models of US Navy swing-out torpedo tubes 21 "MK-18 (such as those found on the 80-foot Elco boats of the early war PT-109 were worn ) replace the MK-7/8 tubes normally carried by the Vosper 71-ft.
  • The Gunwale side cutouts normally seen on the Vosper were built up in front of the cabin, creating a flush front deck. Usually the Vosper needed a forward clearance in front of the Mk 7/8 tubes when torpedoes were fired over the gun whale.

Recordings of the crew on board the PT-73 were usually staged on a scale model of the bridge and cannon hulls in front of a front projection screen at Universal. PT-73 's final appearance (one of the two converted 63-ft boats) was to show in the 1970s Emergency! ("Faster than the Eye", season 4, episode 8, broadcast: November 9th, 1974). Station 51 was sent to a movie studio to rescue a man trapped under a boat. The boat in question was being hauled from one end of the studio to the other by truck, and wooden supports holding it had broken and trapped a man underneath. "PT-73" is visible on the bow and looks like the numbers have been removed, but a picture of them has remained. The boat was missing the pilot house, the masts and the deep cargoes. No record has been found of the ultimate fate of this boat or the other 63 foot converted boat. The Seafaring Boat (ex-Howard Hughes PT-694 ) PT-73 was sold to Hal Crozer, Mayor of Hawthorne, California, and converted into a sport fishing boat. In 1992, the boat was wrecked when it broke off its mooring near Santa Barbara and was washed up on the beach during a storm.


The producer Edward Montagne created a female version of McHales Navy With the title Broadside, which ran 32 episodes in the ABC season 1964-1965. The PT crew was replaced by a group of WAVES, led by Anne Morgan (Kathleen Nolan), consisting of Joan Staley, Sheila James, Lois Roberts and Jimmy Boyd (as a man with a female name), against Captain Edward Andrews of the Binghamton type and his Lt. Carpenter clone George Furth, who appeared in an episode of McHales Navy With the Title "Dart Gun Wedding" was a guest. Dick Sargent sparked a love interest for Nolan. While Conway and Flynn aren't actually a spin-off, they did get into the Tim Conway Show, which lasted only 12 episodes in 1970, teamed up to play characters with similar personalities.


Joe Flynn as Captain Binghamton

Two feature film spin-offs were based on the series: McHale's Navy (1964) and McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965). The cast appeared in both films, with the exception of Borgnine and Ballantine in the latter film; Borgnine was closed with the filming due to scheduling conflicts The Flight of the Phoenix