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McHale's Navy - Season One



DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007 (Shout! Factory)
B&W / 1962-63
MSRP: $44.98
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 36
Running Time: 15 hours
Running Time of Special Features: 19 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No subtitles or closed captioning
Special Features: The Crew Reunion


From 1962 to 1966, MCHALE'S NAVY was ABC's must-see comedy series. The series was set in Pacific theatre of World War II and focused on the crew of the PT 73, led by Lt. Cdr. Quinton McHale (Ernest Borgnine). McHale's second in command is Ensign Charles Parker (Tim Conaway). Also in the cast were McHale's commander, Captain Wallace Burton Binghamton (Joe Flynn) and his aid, Lt. Elroy Carpenter (Bob Hastings). Rounding out the exceptional cast are future MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW regular Gavin McLeod as Joseph Haines, and Yoshio Yoda as Fuji, a Japanese P.O.W. The plots usually revolved around the efforts of Captain Binghamton to rid himself of the crew of PT 73.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some of the more memorable episodes include "An Ensign for McHale" in which Binghamton enlists Ensign Parker's help in taming McHale and his "pirates." "PT 73, Where Are You?" in which Virgil Edwards loses the 73 and McHale and the crew must arrange for a replacement boat. "Who Do the Voodoo?" in which Chief Urulu puts a curse on Capt. Binghampton when he refuses to provide monetary compensation for damages. "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" is the one in which McHale and his crew run into a Japanese ambush on Christmas Day while playing Santa Claus to a group of native children. "Six Pounds from Paradise" in which Capt. Binghampton plots to fatten up McHale and get the overweight commander shipped out of his command. "Portrait of a Peerless Leader" in which Capt. Binghamton sees a chance to get McHale out of his command by having him transferred to teach at a PT boat school. "Parents Anonymous" is the one in which McHale and the crew decide to adopt little Kim Su and hide her from Binghamton. "McHale's Millions" in which McHale and his PT 73 crew find $4 million in cash. "The Monster of McHale's Navy" in which an admiral's 10-year-old son creates havoc on PT 73.

Memorable guest stars this season include Harry Von Zell, Jane Dulo, Anna Lee, Ted Knight, Mike Farrell, Arte Johnson and more.


The main box art features the entire cast on the cover and in color (unlike the series, which was completely in black and white). The set is a thin-pack, and features three slip sleeve cases that hold the discs. When you first open the set, there is a small pamphlet that falls out that lists the cast, the episodes, and which discs they are on--very handy and a nice inclusion. Case 1 features Ernest Borgnine on the cover and holds Discs 1 and 2. Case 2 features Joe Flynn (I believe) and holds Discs 3 and 4. Case 3 features Tim Conway and holds Disc 5.

Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7. Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14. Disc 3 contains episodes 15-21. Disc 4 contains episodes 22-28. Disc 5 contains episodes 29-36.

Menu Design and Navigation:

When you insert the disc, the menu immediately pops up. There is a bamboo movie screen that features clips from the series. On the right hand side is the same picture that is on the main menu (the cast in the PT 73) and the theme music is looping in the background. There is a Play All option as well as an Episodes selection that takes you to a sub-menu that lists the episodes.

Video and Audio Quality:

For a show about 45 years old, the episodes have held up pretty well and I have to say that Shout! Factory does a good job of re-mastering them. Each episode runs a good 25 minutes, so they are all likely uncut in length, which is a huge plus! The audio itself is fine and nothing to be concerned about. In addition, there are chapter skips available, which is always nice and a must to have!

1- An Ensign for McHale (25:22)
2- A Purple Heart for Gruber (25:31)
3- McHale and His Seven Cupids (25:43)
4- PT 73, Where Are You? (25:21)
5- Movies Are Your Best Diversion (25:31)
6- Operation Wedding Party (25:28)
7- Who Do the Voodoo? (25:33)

8- Three Girls on an Island (25:35)
9- McHale's Paradise Motel (25:32)
10- The Battle of McHale's Island (25:32)
11- The Day They Captured Santa Claus (25:32)
12- Beauty and the Beast (25:35)
13- The Captain's Mission (25:34)
14- Send Us a Hero (25:30)

15- The Captain Steals a Cook (25:33)
16- The Ensign Gets a Zero (25:34)
17- The Big Raffle (25:33)
18- One of Our Engines Is Missing (25:30)
19- The Natives Get Restless (25:34)
20- The Confidence Game (25:32)
21- Six Pounds from Paradise (25:30)

22- Washing Machine Charlie (25:35)
23- Nippon Nancy Calling (25:22)
24- One Enchanted Weekend (25:32)
25- The Mothers of PT 73 (25:34)
26- H.M.S. 73 (25:31)
27- A Wreath for McHale (25:32)
28- Portrait of a Peerless Leader (25:34)

29- Instant Democracy (25:32)
30- Camera, Action, Panic (25:36)
31- Alias Captain Binghamton (25:34)
32- Parents Anonymous (25:28)
33- McHale's Millions (25:31)
34- The Hillbillies of PT 73 (25:31)
35- The Monsters of McHale's Island (25:31)
36- Uncle Admiral (25:31)

Special Features:

There is just one extra but it is a good one!

- The Crew Reunion (19:19)
In 2007, after forty years, the crew of PT 73 reunite to discuss the show--features a roundtable discussion by Ernest Borgnine, Don Hastings, Tim Conaway, Edson Stroll, and Carl Ballantine.

Final Comments:

Overall, Shout! Factory always does a great job with their sets. The crew reunion was wonderful to watch, but it is a shame it was only around 20 minutes, could have been much longer! I also wish there would have been some commentary to give a little behind the scenes information out that would have been nice. Borgnine and Conaway I am sure would have been up for it! The episodes are uncut, which is a huge plus and the episodes are in great condition. Again, a solid release by Shout! Factory and I cannot wait until the Second Season!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 03/16/07

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