Not the best Cary Grant.

This movie is kind f cute but way beneath the caliber of a Cary Grant movie. I said before I think he seems a little embarrassed by this movie. It was only a few movies later that he retired, I think the scripts weren't what he was used to. He was a superb actor that bowed out gracefully.Don't make them like that any more!!


I don't know what you're talking about. I thought he carried this one nicely.

No, no - Pillage first, then burn! Stupid Vikings...


it's a comedy, it's not supposed to be Notorious. sure, it's not grant's best but he has made a lot of comedy films and there were quite a few that were inferior to Operation Petticoat like Houseboat. the fact that he produced Operation Petticoat and made three other comedies with universal afterwards (The Grass Is Greener, That Touch of Mink, and Father Goose) shows that he must have enjoyed doing these kind of movies.


the odious robert osborne on TMC said grant later wrote that while filming this he was on LSD part of the time...


the odious robert osborne on TMC said grant later wrote that while filming this he was on LSD part of the time... - slangist

Do you consider Robert Osborne "odious" for mentioning this, or do you have other reasons for disparaging this rather personable and interesting film historian and TCM host?

The fact is that Cary Grant did use LSD. It was part of the psychotherapy he had undergone, which Grant says brought him mental and emotional peace. LSD was considered a therapeutic tool in the 1950s, and it was not made illegal in all American states until the 1960s, when its recreational properties began to dwarf its psychiatric use. Other prominent users of LSD around this time include Henry Luce, founder of Time Inc., and his wife Claire Booth Luce, both of whom thought it was terrific--but that it should not be allowed for use by the riff-raff.

LSD has an even darker history to it: It was one of many drugs tested from the late-1940s on in the MK-ULTRA Program, which was a sweeping psychological warfare program run by the Central Intelligence Agency and the US military. LSD was thought to be a possible mind-control agent--and speaking of agents, CIA agents who took LSD were called "enlightened operatives"--and one of the CIA staffers who thought that LSD was "dynamite" was Richard Helms, who later became the Director of Central Intelligence from 1967 to 1973. However, LSD was simply too powerful, too hard to channel, and was eventually abandoned--but by then it had escaped into popular culture. But keep in mind that this was several years after Cary Grant used it.

Two published sources for this information include John Mark's The Search for "the Manchurian Candidate" and Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain's Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion.

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It ain't Bringing Up Baby, sure, but Operation Petticoat is very enjoyable.

I'm most surprised that Operation Petticoat was the highest grossing film of Cary Grant's career. I would have guessed it was Gunga Din, The Philadelphia Story, or North By Northwest.

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According to Cary Grant, the reason he retired a few years after this film was because he was getting old, and he couldn't see the Cary Grant mystique transitioning into grandfather roles. In other words, this film had absolutely nothing to do with his retirement.

I'm curious about the "odious Robert Osborne" remark. I have always regarded Robert Osborne as a rather bland non-factor on TCM. Can someone explain what is "odious" about him?


i agree-what is so "odious" about Bob Osbourne-but more importanatly i'd like to know about the LSD remark-

could this be true?

i'd sure like to have more details about this....

anyone know anything at all about this rumor?

makes me like Archie even more....


I always heard the reason he retired was because of the age difference in the romantic films...that "grandfather" reason - but more so because he had a daughter and wanted to spend time being a father. His one and only daughter was born in 1966 - which coincides with the date of his last film.

Personally, I'd like to believe that retiring because of his daughter was the reason - it seems like such a wonderful thing to have done.


C'mon, if you have time to post here, you also have time to play at


Do you mean he seems embarrassed in the movie? Because it seemed that way to me at first, but then later I figured that that was how the character felt. He was playing a by-the-book captain a little embarrassed running a ship staffed by bumblers and connivers (even before the women showed up).

And he had no problem doing lighter stuff in other films in his career (sometimes to his chagrin later, as in Arsenic and Old Lace). In fact, he eschewed parts in which he would have had to really "go deep" or appear vulnerable, which is why he turned down the role of Norman Maine in the 1954 version of A Star Is Born. Grant would never have agreed to (nor, IMO, been able to) play such a tortured, withered man in the film's final scenes.

And that's why he "bowed out gracefully", because more and more flawed (many deeply flawed) film characters were beginning to emerge, which would have made his persona all the more dated had he continued with it.

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I prefer other films starring Cary Grant such as Only Angels Have Wings, but this film was still enjoyable with a number of comic moments and dialogue.

"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not".


I loved his more serious films, such as Mr. Lucky, North by Northwest, Philadelphia Story, and the Bishop's Wife...

...But I also loved his comedies: from the madcap ones like Bringing up Baby to the more subtle ones like Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House and this one (which is a subtle comedy to some extent -- at least more subtle that Bring up Baby).


Apart from Tony Curtis channeling Sgt Bilko, the film is not good and Grant does his best with sub par material.

Its that man again!!


You are entirely incorrect.


Cary Grant's not best is still better than a lot of other actors best.


I thought it was a great film.

Perhaps Grant doesn't come across as good because his character is the "straight man" in the comedic ensemble who is just trying to cope with the madcap happenings around him.