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December 1957 (USA) See more »
THE LAUGH OF YOUR LIFE-TIME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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The Funniest Service Comedy of WWII; Great Characters, Story See more (5 total) »


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Glenn Ford ... Lt. J.G. Max Siegel

Gia Scala ... Melora Alba

Earl Holliman ... Adam Garrett

Anne Francis ... Lt. Alice Tomlen

Keenan Wynn ... Gordon Ripwell

Fred Clark ... Lt. Cmdr. Clinton T. Nash

Eva Gabor ... Deborah Aldrich

Russ Tamblyn ... Ens. Tyson

Jeff Richards ... Lt. Ross Pendleton

Mickey Shaughnessy ... Farragut Jones

Howard Smith ... Adm. Junius Boatwright
Romney Brent ... Mr. Alba - Melora's Father

Mary Wickes ... Janie
Jack Straw ... Lt. Cmdr. Gladstone
Robert Nichols ... Lt. Cmdr. Hereford
John Alderson ... Lt. Cmdr. Diplock

Jack Albertson ... Rep. George Jansen
Charles Watts ... Rep. Arthur Smithfield
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
'King Kong' Kashey ... Native (as King Kong uncredited)
Hugh Boswell ... Jerry Wakely (uncredited)
Lowell Brown ... Flag Lieutenant (uncredited)

Paul Bryar ... Lt. Cmdr. Flaherty (uncredited)

Don Burnett ... Lt. Hepburn (uncredited)

John L. Cason ... Seabee Metkoff (uncredited)
Jerado Decordovier ... Native (uncredited)

John Dennis ... Cpl. Donohue (uncredited)
Richard Gardner ... Sailor (uncredited)
Ike Gibson ... Lt. Cmdr. Pratt (uncredited)

William Joyce ... Lt. Boone (uncredited)
Mailoa Kalili ... Native (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Navy Officer On Roof (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Boatswain (uncredited)
Tom Mayton ... Yeoman (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Mr. Seguro (uncredited)

David Sharpe ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mike Steen ... Marine Orderly (uncredited)
Audrey Swanson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Steve Warren ... Seaman Flaherty (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Yeoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
Writing credits
William Brinkley (novel)

Dorothy Kingsley  and
George Wells 

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Bronner  (as Robert Bronner)
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
John Waters .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Kendrick Kinney .... sound editor (uncredited)
Lowell Kinsall .... sound (uncredited)
John Lipow .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (Perspecta Sound)

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Factual errors: Farragut Jones has his insignia, commonly called his crow, on the wrong sleeve.See more »
Adm. Junius Boatwright:Oddballs and freaks, that's what they are. The whole blasted public relations.See more »
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Referenced in The Money Pit (1986)See more »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The Funniest Service Comedy of WWII; Great Characters, Story, 25 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

I rate William Brinkley's beautiful written and only slightly pretentious service comedy "Don't Go Near the Water" as the best satire to come out of WWII. There is nothing lightweight about his attempt here; he is writing from personal knowledge of this group of reporters about the hysteria, professionalism, patriotism, irresponsibility, hijinks and occasional hubris of the press who covered the War in the Pacific Theater-of-Operations. The head of the organization is a refugee from Wall Street, chrome-domed comedy genius Fred Clark, riding herd on a large group of bright, bored and nefarious group of minds who are looking to avoid duty or to do something that will shake up the world. Only two changes were made from the novel by Dorothy Kingsley's brilliant screenplay. One was to alter Max, the central character, from a big unattractive sort to handsome Glenn Ford; the other was to change the character played by Earl Holliman from a big handsome hunk to an ordinary- looking nice guy. One works; the other doesn't. But everything else, in my judgment, works like clockwork in this extremely memorable, funny and thought- filled narrative. Director Charles Walters kept the proceedings going professionally and well. The technical aspects of the movie are both good and usually so good they go unnoticed, because what matters in this story, I claim, is the characters and the actors who bring them to vibrant life. The storyline involved is simple. The correspondents get a Club built; Max handles one Farragut Jones, a foul-mouthed nightmare he helps create, by riding herd on him during personal appearances. He also baits Clark, his boos, and pursues a lovely island girl, played by Gia Scala, while facing five disruptions--an illicit liaison between an enlisted man and an officer, an obnoxious demanding journalist, a lovely female reporter who wants to see the shooting war up close, some visiting VIPs and Clark's interference in the challenge of building the Club which all upsets the dull daily routine of the newshawks. The large able cast is headed by Ford, Clark, Holliman, Anne Francis, A\Mary Wickes, Keenan Wynnn as the journalist, Eva Gabor as the female reporter, Mickey Shaughnessy as Farragut Jones, with Romney Brent as Scala's father, Jack Albertson and Charles Watts as the Representatives, Jeff Richards and Howard Smith. Bronislau Kaper supplied the music; the film produced a hit song. And when the atomic bomb is dropped on Japan, the film achieve a climax at a large bash, and a happy ending for Ford and Scala. The most hilarious and meaningful service comedy of which I have knowledge. its theme is really how men deal with responsibility, and everyone is memorable because the theme is so well- integrated with the War and its events. Kudos to William Brinkley for this absolute gem.

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