CPO

Jeri Jacquin

This week on DVD from Time Life is high seas hilarity and military madness from the man who brought us the best in fun, Don Rickles is CPO SHARKEY: The Best of Season Two.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Otto Sharkey (Don Rickles) is a veteran who is taking over new seaman recruits in San Diego.  Sharkey has seen everything and heard even more. Taking his job seriously he attempts to get his recruits into shape and has no problem calling it as he sees it.

His men, Daniels (Jeff Hollis), Kowalski (Tom Ruben), Skolnick (David Landsbergh), Mignone (Barry Pearl) and Rodriguez (Richard Beauchamp) Company 144 are considered bunglers and blockheads.

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Joined by friend Chief Dave Robinson (Harrison Page) and Seaman Pruitt (Peter Isacksen), they deal with their own superior Lt. Whipple (Jonathan Daly).

Dealing with Sharkey keeps everyone on their toes but he also goes above and beyond the call of duty for his men – no matter what trouble they seem to get into!

CPO SHARKEY aired in 1976 created by Aaron Ruben for NBC. In the two seasons it appeared on television, fans saw the best of Don Rickles. Serving in the Navy during World War II, this role was perfect for the comedian.

This DVD brings six of the broadcast episodes from the final season as they aired on NBC. The New Captain if the episodes where Sharkey is upset as his beer belly has caught the attention of a new captain. When he goes in for a check up he is mistaken for a psychiatric patient (I wonder why!) in Sharkey Flies Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

When Sharkey’s gal Natalie thinks he is being insensitive it becomes Close Encounters of the Worst Kind. Sharkey isn’t happy when Captain Buckner takes him as a personal aide in Captain’s Right Hand Man.

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Sharkey shows us what a fear of flying really looks like in Fear of Flying and the final episode is The Used Car Caper in which Sharkey takes on a used car dealer!

The DVD includes all six episodes selected by the CPO. Time Life has brought this 144 minute comedy to fans and in color. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give CPO SHARKEY four tubs of popcorn out of five. This really does bring back memories of my father, a Chief in the United States Navy, waiting weekly to have a few laughs. Of course there was a little extra love with the premise of the series taking place on a San Diego naval base!

I have to say that CPO Sharkey on DVD is an experience in pushing the limits like no other. The television show didn’t hesitate to push boundaries and wasn’t exactly politically correct but then again in 1976 no one had heard that term.

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Rickles has always been considered mouthy and even a tad crazy! That is what made him tremendously famous – he had no filter that would stop him from saying exactly what he felt. At no time ever seeing him on television did he hold back and I often wondered if he could hold back. His comedy was cutting and biting yet we all laughed. Taking on the role of CPO Sharkey just gave him a wider audience to bite at!

These 13 episodes are filled with Rickles, who was also known as Mr. Warmth, who played every episode to its fullest. Quite honestly there isn’t anyone who could get away with the lines Rickles could – and still can. The cast, with Rickles at the helm, all had such a sense of comedic timing. “Enjoy the adventures of CPO Sharkey and company!” says the leader of the pack himself – Don Rickles.

In the end – get ready to set sail once again!

 

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