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The Horizontal Lieutenant

The Horizontal Lieutenant
theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by George Wells
Based on novel The Bottletop Affair by Gordon Cotler
Starring Jim Hutton
Paula Prentiss
Music by George Stoll
Cinematography Robert J. Bronner
Edited by Richard W. Farrell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18) (U.S.)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,020,000[1]
Box office $1,850,000[1]

The Horizontal Lieutenant is a 1962 American romantic comedy war film directed by Richard Thorpe, based on the 1961 novel The Bottletop Affair by Gordon Cotler. It is a military comedy about an unfortunate army intelligence lieutenant who finds himself isolated on a remote Japanese island army outpost during World War II.[2] It stars Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss and was directed by Richard Thorpe.

It was the last of four teamings between Hutton and Prentiss following Where the Boys Are, The Honeymoon Machine and Bachelor in Paradise.[3][4]


Merle Wye, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Hawaii, is attracted to nurse Molly Blue, but she barely gives him the time of day.

The inept Merle is transferred to a remote smaller island, where he is assigned the task of finding a man called Kobayashi who is suspected of pilfering Army supplies. One thing after another goes wrong for Merle, who is knocked cold when Kobayashi finally turns up, but given a medal of valor anyway after Molly is able to capture the prisoner on his behalf.



The novel was published in 1959.[5]

Hutton and Prentiss were under contract to MGM at the time.[6]


According to MGM records, the film earned $1.1 million in the US and Canada and $750,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $380,000.[1]



  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ The Horizontal Lieutenant at Turner Classic Movies
  4. ^ Every Hollywood Press Agent Dreams of a Story Like Hers. This Time If's True Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 22 Oct 1961: b18.
  5. ^ Books of The Times By ORVILLE PRESCOTT. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 31 July 1959: 21.
  6. ^ Young Jim Hutton Owner of Long Term Film Contract Tinee, Mae. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 12 Nov 1961: f11.

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