The Lieutenant Wore Skirts | Chicago Reader

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

In Frank Tashlin's first CinemaScope comedy (1956), which pulses with his characteristically vivid colors and bittersweet observations, a Beverly Hills writer and World War II hero expects to be drafted back into the air force, so his leggy young wife reenlists to be near him; he winds up 4-F, and she becomes a lieutenant. He dutifully follows her to Hawaii, and much gender confusion ensues. The casting is pure 50s and includes Tom Ewell, the poet laureate of male sexual anxiety (The Seven Year Itch, The Girl Can't Help It), and the unjustly forgotten, mellow Sheree North; with Rita Moreno and Rick Jason.

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