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McHale's Navy Television Series DVDs

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McHale's Navy - Season 1

Something of a cross between M*A*S*H* (it's set in wartime) and Sgt. Bilko (the emphasis in on ensemble acting, with a ringleader and his band of merry pranksters), McHale's Navy isn't on a level with those two immortal sit-coms. But this amiable show, debuting on DVD with all 36 black & white episodes from its first season (1962-63) on five discs, stands the test of time surprisingly well. Not that there's any important new comedic ground broken here. These half-hour episodes are pretty much all about the same thing: Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale (the always reliable Ernest Borgnine), skipper of Navy PT boat #73, and his crew are stationed "somewhere in the South Pacific, 1943." They're capable sailors, engaging the Japanese enemy when duty occasionally calls, but most of the time they hang out on their own private island and have a good time--much to the chagrin of their blustery commander, Capt. Wallace Binghamton (Joe Flynn), who's constantly trying to rid himself of the regulation-defying McHale and his fun-loving band of miscreants. In that respect, McHale's Navy is much like Bilko. But unlike the latter show's brilliant Phil Silvers, Borgnine isn't really a comedian; with his unmistakable cackle, the actor's McHale, while not above taking part in a good-natured prank, is a less a Bilko-esque con artist than a regular guy, a kind of cheer- and ringleader intent on looking after his boys. The real laughmeisters on this show are Tim Conway, who brings his whole bag of shticks to the role of the bumbling Ensign Charles Parker, and Flynn, who's consistently hilarious. Among the crew, Carl Ballantine stands out as fast-talking Brooklyn native Lester Gruber; TV lovers will also recognize Gavin MacLeod in his first extended TV role before moving on to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Love Boat.

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McHale's Navy - Season 2

From Quinton McHale's first onscreen appearance on a pair of water skis 1960s audiences knew the hero of the title wasn't a typical navy officer. Set in World War II this military sitcom features a band of unlikely shipmen led by McHale (Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine MARTY) that were more at war with their staid superiors than with the Axis powers. In addition to moonshine makers and skirt chasers this motley crew features a con man and a Japanese deserter. Borgnine is supported by a stellar cast including comedic luminaries Tim Conway (THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW) Gavin McLeod (THE LOVE BOAT) and Joe Flynn (BATMAN).

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McHale's Navy - Season 3

Product Description:
ALL 36 EPISODES FROM THE THIRD SEASON STARRING ERNEST BORGNINE TIM CONWAY AND JOE FLYNN Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale Ernest Borgnine Ensign Parker Tim Conway and the rest of the misfit crew of PT73 are back in action on the Taratupa Island Naval Base setting sail for 36 more adventures in hilarity. From 1962 through 1966 McHale s Navy was a mustsee staple of ABC television. By the show s third year on the air the nowfamiliar crew had become a classic embodiment of American culture an unforgettable gang of funloving guys who were constantly at odds with authority. System Requirements:Running Time: 900 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: G UPC: 826663107203 Manufacturer No: SF10720
 

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McHale's Navy - Season 4

Product Description:
Lieutenant commander quinton mchale ensign parker & the rest of the oddball crew of pt-72 get on board for the last season of ship-bending adventures. Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 11/18/2008 Starring: Ernest Borgnine Tim Conway Run time: 720 minutes