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Don't Go Near the Water (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | December 1957 (USA)
On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty.


Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. J.G. Max Siegel
Melora Alba
Adam Garrett
Lt. Alice Tomlen
Gordon Ripwell
Lt. Cmdr. Clinton T. Nash
Deborah Aldrich
Ens. Tyson
Lt. Ross Pendleton
Farragut Jones
Adm. Junius Boatwright
Romney Brent ...
Mr. Alba - Melora's Father
Jack Straw ...
Lt. Cmdr. Gladstone
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Cmdr. Hereford


On a small island in the South Pacific, the Navy's P.R. department is spending WWII without getting near a ship. Lt. Max Siegal is the Second in command to a clueless Commanding Officer who believes Sea Duty to be the worst punishment he can give one of his men. Siegal has to keep the foreign correspondents happy, keep his Commander out of trouble and figure out a way for one of the enlisted sailors to date the lady Lieutenant of his dreams - all while convincing a certain island schoolteacher that he's the man for her. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Release Date:

December 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Geh nicht zu nah ans Wasser  »

Box Office


$2,495,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (Perspecta Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When he appears, Glenn Ford has nothing on his collar but in the CO's office Ford has lieutenant JG bars. As an oft-proclaimed naval reserve officer, Ford should've noticed. See more »


Lt. Ross Pendleton: [describing the running of the grunion] During this time of the year the slippery little creatures come up on the beach, stop, spawn, then go out to sea again.
Lt. Alice Tomlen: Sounds like some naval officers I know.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 17 November 1957 (1957) See more »


Don't Go Near The Water
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by The Lancers
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fluff, but fun
10 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This tale of the absurdist goings-on at a public relations office for the navy in the WWII pacific theater is sort of a downscale "South Pacific." The casting and production values are extremely high, but the movie never aspires to anything more than light (extremely light) entertainment. In this it succeeds quite well. The movie is great to look at, and the comic abilities of Glenn Ford - an underrated actor, in my book - are at their peak. No lasting nourishment here, but a fun flick to see - once. Side note

  • the movie is another example of the superiority of the color processes

employed in the 50's and late 40's over what is commonly used in today's flicks.

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