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Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)

 |  Comedy  |  3 July 1959 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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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
Mabel Albertson ...
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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How can an officer in his right mind "misplace" a fully-equipped destroyer escort? 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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Not only was the USS Vammen DE644 (Destroyer Escort) used as the fictitious USS Kornblatt but so was her crew. The scenes (at around 37 mins) are the USS Vammen crew desperately trying to follow Jerry Lewis' delightfully chaotic commands. 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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Prudence Trabert Steckler: John, how COULD you!
John Paul Steckler VII: It wasn't easy!
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References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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Fun at sea!
18 January 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I've always liked this film. It made me laugh when I first saw it as a youngster, and I got a bigger kick out of it as an adult. As a former Naval officer, I can appreciate some of the silliness that Jerry goes through in this movie; from "inheriting" his ship, to the naval bureaucracy.

Dina Merrill is great as Ensign Benson (I actually knew an Ensign Benson, and a Midshipman Shipman, but that's beside the point!) as is Mickey Shaugnessy as the Chief who helps him along (always listen to your Chief).

There's silliness galore, but it wouldn't be Jerry Lewis without it. Look for a nice homage/parody to the Caine Mutiny Courtmartial during the hearing scenes. Gail Gordon is at his ornery best in these scenes.

This is a lighthearted film that makes for an entertaining 90 minutes. Not a classic, but a lot of fun.


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