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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 story that millions of Americans roared at in "The Week" and "Reader's Digest! (original print ad) See more »

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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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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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This film was a disappointment at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $181,000 ($1.8M in 2017) according to studio records. 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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Nothing Special
9 August 2015 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

If you are familiar with the dozens of Joe McDoakes shorts of the 1940's and 50's, you've seen just about all the comedy in this movie already. But where as Joe was just a bumbling "everyman", in this movie, Robert Walker plays William J. Lattimer, Navy Commander and Annapolis graduate.

When Lattimer's wife Daphne, played by Joan Leslie, breaks her ankle, the good Commander must take over the household chores. It's a bit of a stretch to see how incompetent he is at it. Mistaking bubble bath for dish soap, opening the cupboard and being hit in the head with the ironing board, etc..

It gets a bit more interesting once they burn off some slapstick, but this movie never goes beyond average. It doesn't bore you, but it doesn't excite you either. The large number of users rating this movie a 10 is a mystery to me.


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