Steve Simels
September 25, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Operation Dames

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
74 minutes
director
Louis Clyde Stoumen
distributor
Columbia Tri-Star
genre
War, Romance

We gave it an C+

Most notable for its rock & roll/sci-fi/horror/biker flicks and for Roger Corman movies in the ’50s and ’60s, American International Pictures also offered more traditional fare — in this case, war pictures much like the big-studio offerings but on minuscule budgets. Part of Columbia TriStar’s ongoing series of AIP reissues, Submarine Seahawk is a World War II tale about the search for a phantom Japanese fleet; Operation Dames centers on a USO troupe caught behind enemy lines in Korea. Neither particularly lingers in the memory, apart from an occasional dialogue howler (from Dames: ”Did you ever try to stop a woman with an itch?”), and both have obviously impoverished production values. But they’re not boring, and for the sheer fun of experiencing the bottom half of a ’50s drive-in double bill, they’re well worth a rental. Operation Dames: C+

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