Set Sail with McHale (paperback)
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Set Sail with McHale (paperback)

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Set Sail with McHale

by Denny Reese and Steven Thompson

Foreword by Sara Ballantine

364 pages

6x9 size

ISBN 9798887714516


Before the long-running television success of M*A*S*H, home audiences found delight and diversion in such military situation comedies as You’ll Never Get Rich (The Phil Silver Show), Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle USMC, and even the U.S. Cavalry-inspired F Troop. 

One of the most fondly remembered among these early service comedies is McHale’s Navy.

For four season from 1962-1966, viewers were treated to the shenanigans of the misfit crew of PT-73 as they found various ways to enjoy and amuse themselves in the Pacific theater of WW2.

The ensemble cast was led by Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, who as Lieutenant Commander Quentin McHale tried to maintain control but often participated in the exploits of his zany crew, much to the consternation of long-suffering Captain Wallace B. Bingham, played by the ever-flustered Joe Flynn.  Along for the ride is the by-the-book but fumbling Ensign Charles Parker, played by comedy legend Tim Conway, and incomparable ensemble acting by a supporting cast of talented professionals.

Authors Denny Reese and Steven Thompson have crafted an affectionate and entertaining look back at a television favorite, presenting an all-four season episode breakdown and providing additional insight and trivia through their exhaustive research. Among the treasures to be discovered within these pages is how tough guy movie actor Ernest Borgnine originally turned down the offer to appear in the pilot episode and what prompted him to eventually change his mind.

A fun and nostalgic return to sea awaits as you prepare to Set Sail with McHale.