memories of the ’70s – Operation Petticoat

downloadA 1950s movie that was a box office success was not as successful when transformed for the small screen – Operation Petticoat.

Released in 1959 as a big screen film starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, Operation Petticoat was a success for the Granart Company who produced the movie.

In 1977, the concept moved to the small screen with ABC TV launching the series in September, starring John Astin and Richard Gilliand in the Grant and Curtis roles.

But the series also included Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Tony Curtis, to play the role of Lieutenant Duran, played by Dina Merrill in the film.

Using the typical stereotypes of the military, the tv series followed the same storyline of the film – a submarine comedy, as the crew tries to survive the outbreak of World War II.

After an ok first season, the television show was almost completely recast, which led to viewers wondering what had happened to their show, and then to the show’s cancellation due to poor ratings.

After 32 episodes, Operation Petticoat was cancelled by ABC TV and became a brief blip on the pop culture of the 1970s obsession with the past.

About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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