CTVA US Military - "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (Screen Gems/NBC) (1965-66)  Jack Warden, Gary Collins

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The Wackiest Ship
in the Army
(1965-66)

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
"Gary Spears" <razzy13@earthlink.net> (ep #19)
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://www.us.imdb.com)

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THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY
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Screen Gems Inc. a division of Columbia Pictures
for
NBC (Sundays 10:00 pm EST)
Produced by Harry Ackerman and Herbert Hirschman
Based on the 1960 film of the same title starring Jack Lemmon.

US Forces Comedy/ Adventure series 1965-66 29 episodes x 60 min color
starring
Jack Warden as Major Simon Butcher
Gary Collins as Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Richard "Rap" Riddle
Mike Kellin as Chief Petty Officer Willie Miller
Rudy Solari as Gunner's Mate Sherman Nagurski
Don Penny as Ship's Cook Charles Tyler
Mark Slade as Radioman Patrick Hollis
Fred Smoot as Machinist's Mate Seymour Trivers
William Zuckert as General Cross
Charles Irving as Admiral Vincent Beckett

Premise:
In the spring of 1942, the New Zealand government presents the U.S.
a 70-year-old wooden twin-masted schooner. The US military decides
to use the ship, the "USS Kiwi" to place spies ashore behind Japanese lines. While
underway, the ship is commanded by Lieutenant Rip Riddle of the
US Navy; while in port, the ship is commanded by Major Simon Butcher
of the US Army which leads to many disputes between the two men.

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NBC Sundays 10:00 pm Eastern

[01] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: SHAKEDOWN
19Sep65 NBC Sun
guest stars
Karen Steele as Smitty
Jack Soo as Shiru
James Hong as Agaki
Synopsis:
Butcher is introduced to his ship, assignment and crew and instantly loathes them all. [RF]

[02] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE SISTERS
26Sep65
guest stars
Diana Hyland
Patricia Dunne
Antoinette Bower
Irene Tsu

[03] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: GOLDBRICKERS a.k.a. Gold Snatchers
3Oct65
guest stars
Michael Ansara
George Takei (Star Trek)

[04] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE DAY THE CREW PACED THE DECK
10Oct65
guest stars
Ford Rainey
June Dayton

[05] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE COLONEL AND THE GEISHA
17Oct65
guest stars
Nobu McCarthy
David Chow

[06] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: BOTTOMS UP
24Oct65
guest stars
Bill Glover
Anne Sargent

[07] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE STOWAWAY
31Oct65
guest star
Ruta Lee

[08] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: BOOMER McKYE
7Nov65
guest stars
Chips Rafferty
Leon Lontoc
Hedley Mattingley
Joe Higgins
Maurice Dillimore
Clive Wayne

[09] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: VIVE LA KIWI
14Nov65
guest stars
Hans Gudegast
Andre Phillippe
Milton Selzer

[10] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE LADY AND THE LULUAI
21Nov65
guest stars
Harry Morgan (MASH)
Hazel Court
Rupert Crosse
Peter Brooks

[11] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: A SHADE OF KAISER BILL
28Nov65
guest stars
Barbara Shelley
Oscar Beregi
Greg Mullavey
Grant Woods

[12] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: ... AND TYLER, TOO
5Dec65
guest stars
Jack Collins
Jack Dodson
Herbert Voland
Steven Bell

[13] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: LAST PATH TO GARCIA
12Dec65
guest stars
Barbara Luna
Keye Luke (Kung Fu)

[14] The Wackiest Ship in the Army:
I'M DREAMING OF A WIDE ISTHMUS (Christmas episode)
19Dec65
guest stars
Diana Hyland
Antoinette Bower

[15] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE LAMB WHO HUNTED WOLVES pt. 1
2Jan66
guest stars
John Anderson
Gail Kobe
Joseph Turkel
Richard Loo
James Hong
Butch Cavell

[16] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE LAMB WHO HUNTED WOLVES pt. 2
9Jan66
guest stars
as above

[17] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: WHAT IS HONOR - A WORD?
16Jan66
guest star
Robert Loggia

[18] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: HAIL THE CHIEF
30Jan66
guest star
Leon Lontoc

[19] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: LIBERTY WAS A LADY
06Feb66 NBC Sunday
guest stars
Jill Ireland
Lou Antonio (as Jocko)
 Synopsis:
Possibly the best episode of this series. Jill Ireland plays an Australian woman who meets Lt. Rip Ripple ( Gary Collins)
in a bar. The woman's husband is an Australian special forces diver (Lou Antonio) and has been missing in action for some
time. A brief affair insues between the woman and Ripple until the woman's husband returns. As fate would have it it, the
"USS Kiwi" is assigned to take the her husband known as Jocko into a Japanese harbor so he can plant explosives onto the
bottom of a ship that will explode when bombs are dropPed from bombers. The "Kiwi" gets him there and he starts on his
mission, but as he trys to get though a underwater net he becomes entangled and sets of an alarm that alerts the Japanese
who send down a diver of there own. Meanwhile back on the "Kiwi", Ripple is finally told of the connection between the
Jocko and his love interest. Jocko is now overdue and so Ripple dons the spare scuba equipment and goes searching for the
diver. The Japanese diver finds him first and attacks with a knife. Ripple gets there and takes care of the Japanese diver
and frees Jocko, and wants to help place the bombs. The Australian cuts his airhose so he must return to the "Kiwi" thus
saving Ripples life since the Australian is killed by the explosion after he places the bombs. Ripple returns to tell his
wife, but their affair is over since she is feeling guilty over his death. "Gary Spears" <razzy13@earthlink.net>(April 2003) 

[20] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: MY FATHER'S KEEPER
13Feb66
guest stars
George Takei (Star Trek)
Harry Bellaver (Naked City)

[21] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: BROTHER LOVE
20Feb66
guest stars
Barbara Shelley
Antoinette Bower

[22] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: AND TWO IF BY SEA
27Feb66
guest stars
Lloyd Bochner

[23] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: THE GHOST OF LORD LELSON-SAN
6Mar66
guest star
Nancy Kovak

[24] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: VOYAGE TO NEVER NEVER
13Mar66
guest star
John Holland

[25] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: GIRL IN THE POLKA-DOT SWIMSUIT
20Mar66
guest stars
Sharon Farrell
Aki Aleong
Tad Horino
George Zalma
Kenneth Chung

[26] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: CHINESE CHECKER
27Mar66
guest stars
Ellen Madison
William Bramley

[27] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: MY ISLAND
3Apr66
guest star
Stefan Schnabel

[28] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: FUN HAS MORE BLONDES
10Apr66
guest star
Felice Orlandi
Leonard Strong

[29] The Wackiest Ship in the Army: ROUTINE ASSIGNMENT (final episode)
17Apr66
Raymond St. Jacques
Vito Scotti

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