Without Jack Lemmon's engaging performance there would be little to recommend in this standard service comedy; with it THE WACKIEST SHIP IN THE ARMY is diverting if unexceptional entertainment. During WW II, Lt. Rip Crandall (Lemmon) is given command of the USS Echo
, a run-down ship with
the archetypal inexperienced, motley crew, then assigned to deliver an Australian observer to a Japanese-held island. After doing his best to whip his crew into shape, Crandall, with the help of his inexperienced second in command, Ens. Tommy Hanson (Ricky Nelson), steers the Echo
waters disguised as a native vessel, and after a series of thrilling but m...