USS Sea Tiger
- Broken-down pink submarine on the maritime comedy OPERATION
PETTICOAT/ABC/1977-79. The Sea Tiger with its crew of officers and
crewmen was stationed in the South Pacific during the World War II.
It was said to be held together with "a couple of half hitches and a
The submarine's unique pink color was the result of
having to set to sea with only a primer coat on its hull (mix of
white and red paint) after a
Japanese air attack destroyed the stockpile of gray paint to be used
for the final exterior coat.
The sub's color seemed appropriate because
soon into the mission, the USS Sea Tiger rescued a group of Army
nurses from a Pacific Island who became unwilling guests onboard the
roaming submarine filled with 35 really lonely men.
The sub crew included Lt. Cdr. Matthew Sherman (John Astin); Lt. Nick Holden
(Richard Gilliland); and Major Edna Howard (Yvonne Wilder), the head
of the nurses. After four episodes the cast was revised.
The TV series was based on the motion picture
Operation Petticoat(1959) starring Cary Grant and Tony
Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Tony Curtis was cast as Army
nurse Lt. Barbara Duran during the 1977-78 season.
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