Griffith is a college student who isn't doing well with his classes or his girl, O'Brien, so he joins the Coast Guard during WW II. He becomes a cook on the USS Periwinkle, where Matthau is the chief cook. Griffith soon gets involved with Farr who, while planning to marry Matthau, can't
keep her hands off other men. She does marry him, and Griffith returns to "nice girl" O'Brien. An uneven comedy which doesn't measure up to Griffith's starring film NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS, but it does have its moments, and Matthau is a standout in most of them.