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The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)

Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Jameson Brewer (screenplay), John C. Rose (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Knotts ... Henry Limpet
Carole Cook ... Bessie Limpet
Jack Weston ... George Stickel
Andrew Duggan ... Harlock
Larry Keating ... Admiral P.P. Spewter
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Nazi Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
Charles Meredith ... Fleet Admiral
Elizabeth MacRae ... Ladyfish (voice)
Paul Frees ... Crusty (voice)
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Storyline

Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F. His friend George Stickle is in the Navy and lays it on pretty thick. If Henry could have one thing it would be to become a fish. While on a visit to Coney Island, Henry falls into the water and miraculously gets his wish. Now a fish, he makes friends, Ladyfish and Crusty the hermit crab and loves his new life. He also uses his abilities to help the US Navy locate and sink Nazi U-Boats, forcing the Germans to create a new weapon to deal with the Allies secret weapon. When years later the Navy finds intelligent activity among dolphins, they may also know who is teaching them. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Now he takes his place with America's greatest naval heroes! The incredible story of Henry Limpet, America's deadliest secret weapon! Now you will know all! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be Careful How You Wish See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warren Stevens were considered for the role of George Stickel. See more »

Goofs

When George does not want to go to the lecture he says that he has a weak heart, and then he puts his hand over the right side of his chest. See more »

Quotes

Henry Limpet: Do you suppose that we could just be more or less friends?
Ladyfish: Friends? But wouldn't that be more or less nothing, Limpet?
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Crazy Credits

Film ends with: THE END ? See more »


Soundtracks

Deep Rapture
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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a wish come true!
22 January 2004 | by eileenmchenrySee all my reviews

This film holds universal appeal for people who dream of one day turning into fish. Henry Limpet is one of these people, and the dream comes true suddenly when he falls off the pier at Coney Island. From this point Henry finds his destiny, finding true love and working for the US Navy to help defeat the Nazis. Sort of a piscatorial Walter Mitty tale, with a very happy ending. Recommended also because it affords viewers the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Don Knotts serenading a goldfish.


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