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Operation Mad Ball (1957)

In post-WW2 France, U.S. Army hospital private Hogan and Captain Lock try to outwit one another on issues such as wooing pretty nurses, accounting for missing medical supplies, organizing unauthorized dances and influencing their C.O.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Arthur Carter (screenplay), Jed Harris (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Lemmon ... Pvt. Hogan
Ernie Kovacs ... Capt. Paul Lock
Kathryn Grant ... Lt. Betty Bixby
Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Rousch
Mickey Rooney ... MSgt. Yancy Skibo
Dick York ... Cpl. Bohun
James Darren ... Pvt. Widowskas
Roger Smith ... Cpl. Berryman
William Leslie ... Pvt. Grimes
Sheridan Comerate ... Sgt. Wilson
L.Q. Jones ... Ozark
Jeanne Manet Jeanne Manet ... Madame LaFour
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Storyline

Private Hogan must raise his ability to scheme and plot to a new level to put on a madcap dance to celebrate the closing of an Army surgical hospital in post WWII France while evading the stickler-for-details Captain Lock - and win the heart to the beautiful nurse Lieutenant Betty Bixby. Written by Rick Munoz <munozrd@mymail.com>

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The Real Battle for the Bulges! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

17 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Ball See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Look for Mary Tyler Moore as part of the last couple entering the next to last ambulance to go to the ball (uncredited). This occurs just a few minutes prior to the end of the movie. On the Call Sheet, she's listed as "Mary Moore" which was her acting name at that time. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey Rooney arrives at the ball with his group of hot musicians, a careful count shows only five of them (beyond Rooney himself) in the jeep. But when they are playing at the dance, there are clearly six of them (not including Rooney) -- trumpet, trombone, sax, bass, drums, and accordion. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Hogan: Oh, I have symptoms.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Ernie Kovacs & Doris Day (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Fall in Love
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played when Pvt. Hogan is getting arrested
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Have a Ball with Jack & Co.!
7 January 2010 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Jack Lemmon, two years after winning an Oscar for "Mister Roberts," stars in the tale of Army hijinks just after the end of WWII somewhere in France. It's amazing to watch just how much influence he has and he's not even a superior officer. He's trying to organize a ball for the men before they get back to the states. For many, it may seem like why should we care. But, for those who are patient, it does get better as it goes along. Mickey Rooney shows up in the second half, who always is a "ball" waiting to happen. It may not be Lemmon's best material, but costarring Ernie Kovacs, Dick York, and Arthur O'Connell, it deserves to be seen more often.


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