Monday, June 6, 2016

The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

Director: Arthur Lubin

Writers: Jameson Brewer, John C. Rose, Joe DiMona, Theodore Pratt

Composer: Frank Perkins

Starring: Don Knotts, Carole Cook, Jack Weston, Andrew Duggan, Larry Keating, Oscar Beregi Jr., Charles Meredith, Elizabeth MacRae, Paul Frees

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  GLUB! The Face That Launched A Thousand Torpedoes!

Plot:  Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and lays it on pretty thick. If Henry could have one thing it would be to become a fish. While on a visit to Coney Island, Henry falls into the water and miraculously gets his wish. Now a fish, he makes friends, Ladyfish and Crusty the hermit crab and loves his new life. He also uses his abilities to help the US Navy locate and sink Nazi U-Boats, forcing the Germans to create a new weapon to deal with the Allies secret weapon.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

I haven't seen this since the 70s!  Don Knotts is always a hoot.  It's a fun film with a few funny bits but it's mostly cute and amusing.  The performances are good and pretty much everything else in it.  Not much to say, really.  The Warner Bros. DVD presents the film with a gorgeous anamorphic widescreen image.  The extras aren't abundant but what's there is great.  You get a 3 minute introduction from Knotts, a vintage featurette on the film's (and world's first) underwater premiere (10 minutes, and it's a fun little piece), a game of sorts, a fish tank interactive thing with some recollections from the cast and the theatrical trailer (anamorphic widescreen).

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