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Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)

John Paul Steckler was the Junior Officer aboard a destroyer when WWII ended. He gets stuck with the job of sailing the ship to the states to be decommissioned. Now years latter, no one ... See full summary »

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John Paul Steckler I / John Paul Steckler IV / John Paul Steckler VII
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Ens. Rita J. Benson
Diana Spencer ...
Prudence Trabert Steckler
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Stan Wychinski
Robert Middleton ...
Vice Adm. Philo Tecumseh Bludde
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Congressman Mandeville
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Mrs. Trabert
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Lt. Cmdr. Farber
Hugh Sanders ...
Adm. Rogers
Richard Shannon ...
Cmdr. Cross
Chuck Wassil ...
Cmdr. Craig
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John Paul Steckler was the Junior Officer aboard a destroyer when WWII ended. He gets stuck with the job of sailing the ship to the states to be decommissioned. Now years latter, no one knows where the ship is. He has a choice. Find the ship, or pay for it, Now! If only Prudence, to whom he just got married, could understand why he isn't there for his Honeymoon. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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A Tidal Wave of Laughs! See more »

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3 July 1959 (USA)  »

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Himmel, Arsch und Zwirn, fluchte der Leutnant  »

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Trivia

The ship shown as the USS Kornblatt was actually the USS Vammen (DE644). De-commissioned August 1st 1962. Sank February 18th. 1971, after being used as a training target for a Condor missile. See more »

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Ensign Steckler and Chief Wychinski go to explore an island after their ship has run aground. While exploring the island, a background shot of the ship shows it rolling in the sea swells. See more »

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Japanese Officer: Sunrise. Time you die.
John Paul Steckler VII: Before breakfast?
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References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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Don't Turn the Channel, But Swim the Channel for This Winner!
17 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems that the USS Cornblatt is missing. How can a USS Cornblatt be missing? Oh wait, Jerry Lewis was left in charge of it. In what I think is one of his best films, Jerry Lewis is at his funniest as he is trying to find this huge piece of metal, or else pay an exorbitant amount for it. But wait! He was just married and on his honeymoon, when he was shanghaied. Diana Spencer plays his new wife, and she is very good at being teasingly impatient. He tries to see his wife every chance he gets, but then he is quarantined to private quarters. Mabel Albertson is his mother who frowns on this inconvenience and especially the mention of Jerry's father, who was absolutely no good, absolutely. And, when Ensign Benson, played deliciously by Dina Merrill, is assigned to help Jerry look for the destroyer, he keeps trying to keep her away from his wife. Part of the story is told by way of flashback, when Ensign Benson puts him into hypnosis! Also costarring Mickey Shaughnessy, Gale Gordon, and Claude Akins, this is a feel-good film all over. Up there with "The Delicate Delinquent," this is simply Jerry Lewis at his best.


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