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The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)

Passed | | Comedy | 29 June 1950 (USA)
When a naval officer's wife breaks her ankle and is laid up, her husband takes over running the household by employing military regimentation and disciple, which leads to a number of amusing situations. (Comedy, 85 mins.)

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(original story and screenplay), (based on magazine story by) (as Commander W.J. Lederer U.S.N.)
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Complete credited cast:
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Cmdr. William J. Lattimer
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Daphne Lattimer
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Adm. Homer Thorndyke
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Agnes Thorndyke
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Dr. Philip Abbott
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Rita Rossini
Anthony Ross ...
Joe Rossini
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Brendon Boyd
Kathryn Card ...
Thelma Boyd
Tommy Myers ...
Tommy Lattimer
Rudy Lee ...
Davey Lattimer
Finnegan Weatherwax ...
Muscles the Dog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Doctor (scenes deleted)
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When a naval officer's wife breaks her ankle and is laid up, her husband takes over running the household by employing military regimentation and disciple, which leads to a number of amusing situations. (Comedy, 85 mins.)

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THE FUNNIEST COMEDY OF HOME SWEET HOME EVER FILMED! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »
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29 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Flor dos Maridos  »

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$753,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The destroyer seen at the beginning of the film depicted as the U.S.S. Donegan is actually the U.S.S. Stickell (DD-888), one of 98 Gearing-class destroyers made near and after the end of WWII. Commissioned in 1945, she served the U.S. Navy until 1972, earning six battle stars for Korea, and one for Vietnam. She was then transferred to the Greek Navy and renamed the Kanaris (D212). Finally decommissioned in 1993, she was scrapped in 2002. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. William J. Lattimer: The average housewife is either a soap opera addict, a fence-hanger, a salesman-encourager, a book-of-the-monther or just plain lazy.
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Mr. Mom....navy style.
27 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Skipper Surprised His Wife" is a film that lost money when it came out in 1950. I can understand why. Now I am NOT saying it's a bad film...but it sure seemed like a sit-com episode more than a film I would have rushed to the theaters to see!

When the film begins, you see that Robert Walker (in an odd bit of casting) is a Commander of a Destroyer in the navy. His ship has been ordered back home to San Diego and he's thrilled to be able to see his wife and two boys again. However, soon after his arrival, his wife falls and breaks her leg...forcing the Commander to take over household duties. This section is a typical fish out of water sort of thing and the guy screws up again and again.

Later, using navy efficiency techniques, he decides to use the navy way to improve the running of the household. At first, it's still the fish out of water scenario, but after some time he gets the hang of things...and here's where real serious problems begin. He begins to get a fat head and this know-it-all soon is asked to speak to a ladies' group...and he makes a total mess of things. So what's next for this guy and his poor, poor family?

As I said above, this has sit-com written all over it...making it very slight and skippable. It practically screams 'time-passer' and is one that is harmless fun as well as easy to skip.


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