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The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

This amusing comedy affair whiles away a pleasant 98 minutes of screen time. Sassy dialogue and situations predominate and make for sly fun. Footage occasionally strains into slapstick with the frenetics forcing chuckles, but the plot idea is enough to carry the show along at an amusing pace.

This amusing comedy affair whiles away a pleasant 98 minutes of screen time. Sassy dialogue and situations predominate and make for sly fun. Footage occasionally strains into slapstick with the frenetics forcing chuckles, but the plot idea is enough to carry the show along at an amusing pace.

Story pits Tom Ewell against the Air Force, and he wins, with an assist from nature. He’s an aging World War II hero now a TV writer, and Sheree North, his wife, is an ex-WAC considerably younger. The comedy of errors tees off when she rejoins the service because he is recalled. However, he’s rejected, and then dejected because she likes her uniform. From then on comedy hinges on his efforts to get her discharged.

Ewell makes with the facial expressions for some solid comedy scoring. North mostly acts her role with her legs and hips. It’s a performance with which no one should quarrel as she’s equipped for such physical thesping. Rita Moreno captures the fancy in a girl-upstairs takeoff from The Seven Year Itch.

Beverly Hills and Honolulu serve as backgrounds for the story.

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

  • Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Frank Tashlin; Producer Buddy Adler; Screenplay Albert Beich, Frank Tashlin; Camera Leo Tover; Editor James B. Clark; Music Cyril J. Mockridge; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 98 MIN.
  • With: Tom Ewell Sheree North Rita Moreno Rick Jason Les Tremayne Jean Wiles