McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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Will the Alligator Take the Stand? 

After Binghamton devises a scheme to frame McHale and The Crew for the theft of his wallet, Parker is arrested, and charged with the crime. But the Ensign is cleared, at the last minute, ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker
Carl Ballantine ... Lester Gruber
Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Gary Vinson ... George Christopher
Billy Sands ... 'Tinker' Bell
Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
John Wright John Wright ... Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
Walter Brooke ... Captain Swan


After Binghamton devises a scheme to frame McHale and The Crew for the theft of his wallet, Parker is arrested, and charged with the crime. But the Ensign is cleared, at the last minute, when McHale and The Boys produce Parker's star witness - An alligator that has taken a special liking to Parker. Written by David C. Bohn

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Comedy | War







Release Date:

27 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Disregard the alligator's simulated locomotion (rolling forward while it's feet barely touch the ground if at all - children's toys do this) and consider what an actual alligator can't do. It couldn't have walked up the steps to the hut where Parker was and it definitely couldn't have gotten on a chair at such a sharp angle trying to get at Binghamton. See more »


Ensign Charles Parker: [the gator has picked up Parker's gun and brought it to him] Hey skip, he likes me. He's smiling.
Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: C... Ca... Careful, careful it may be indigestion.
Lester Gruber: Probably someone he ate.
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A rather lame show but better than most of the seasons offerings.
12 November 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Alright, if you watched this episode you have to agree that this is a pretty lame story. In fact, with a battery-powered rubber alligator it had the makings of a cartoon. But for some reason the story was not that bad.

The story involves Binghamton trying to set-up the crew of the 73 into stealing his wallet. He marked some bills, left the wallet on McHale's island and then waited for the bait to be taken. But what has happened is that Parker has made a friend with a local alligator. The alligator follows him back to his hut and eats the Captain's wallet. Parker is able to snatch the ID card out of the gators mouth and without hesitating Binghamton is there to arrest Parker for the theft of the wallet. Court-martial hearings will begin soon.

McHale and the rest of the crew have to find the alligator that Parker has named Sydney. And with luck bring him to the court-martial to get Parker out of trouble with the Navy.

Even with the lame effect and the less than official court-martial proceedings, the story did have some fascination. I am sure that this episode will not appeal to all but the concept was at least entertaining enough to keep the viewer's attention. With some poor shows this season, the viewer needs to find anything that can be called entertainment.

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