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Operation Mad Ball
It's Operation Laughter For You! and anything goes!
In this wacky military spoof, Lemmon plays a terminally bored Army private waging a war of wits as he tries to throw a party under the nose of his obnoxious commanding officer.
The perennial war of enlisted men and officers is joined again, luckily under the direction of Richard Quine. The setting is Normandy, where the American troops are stationed; the soldiers aren't allowed to fraternize with the nurses, but Jack Lemmon, the buck-private hero, is determined to stage a mad ball where the men and the nurses can get together. Ernie Kovacs is the maddeningly unctuous, obnoxious officer determined to thwart him--a barracks Malvolio. Dick York is the liaison man between the two factions, Mickey Rooney the sergeant who pulls together a jazz group for the ball. The four of them are good--occasionally so good they seem inspired. If Arthur O'Connell as the commanding officer, Kathryn Grant as the nurse Lemmon…
This is a delightful movie. I'm surprised it isn't better known.
The premise is that a group of GIs in postwar France want to throw a ball, but their humorless officer (Ernie Kovacs) is against it. So Hogan (Jack Lemmon), the ultimate fixer, finds a way around this grump.
The plot is nicely complex, with several angles and subplots complicating the action. The cast is superb. Lemmon is just outstanding as the guy who can talk his way out of every situation. Ernie Kovacs is equally good as the hardnose who is just one or two steps behind Lemmon. (This movie makes you wish for more Lemmon-Kovacs films. They would have been great together in "The Odd Couple.")
The service comedy subgenre has largely been forgotten in recent years, but "Operation Mad Ball" is an outstanding example. The next time someone says there were no good comedies in the Fifties, they should look at this one.
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