In 1822, John Simonton purchased the island of Key West from Juan Pablo Salas. He, along with many other merchants, immediately settled the island. Following soon was Lt. Matthew C. Perry who planted the United States flag on the island on March 25, 1822, claiming it as American soil.
This solidified Key West's special place in history and has given the island reason to commemorate its Bicentennial in 2022. Join us as we celebrate film history! Every month we are showing movies filmed in or inspired by Key West -- starting in January with "Operation Petticoat," filmed on location at Naval Air Station Key West.
About the Film
Lieutenant Commander Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) is in charge of the submarine "Sea Tiger," which was badly damaged at a Philippine shipyard by a Japanese air raid. Seeking to make sail before an oncoming invasion, Sherman enlists the help of newly transferred Lieutenant Nick Holden (Tony Curtis) to use his talents as a con artist to procure the needed supplies. Once they're underway, Sherman evacuates a group of beautiful nurses, but can't find anyone who will take them off his hands.