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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
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Stan Wychinski
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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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The Funniest Story of High-Seas Hilarity Ever to Set Audiences Adrift in Helpless Hysteria! 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

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' chaotic commands. See more »

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After setting out of Pearl Harbor going to San Deigo Steckler realizes he can't see through the binoculars because of the lens covers and removes them dropping them on the deck. However in the next shot you can see his feet on the deck and there are no covers around him where they should have fallen. 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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" Honey how could you? . . . . Well, it Wasn't Easy!!!! "
16 February 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The raw talent of comic Jerry Lewis, has rarely been equaled, but not often surpassed. He has entertained American audiences for decades. Today, his star power has become a present staple in France. Here, is one of his finer offerings. It's called " Don't Give up The Ship. " In this movie, Jerry plays John Paul Steckler the VII, who as fate would have it, is the Jr. Officer of the U.S.S. KornBlatt. Shortly before the end of WWII, he is ordered to sail the ship to the U.S. where the ship is to be decommissioned. Unfortunately, he is accidentally stranded on a Japanese held island and fails to report the loss of his ship. Now, years later, he is summoned to Washington, by Congressman Mandeville, (Gale Gordon) and Adm. Bludde (Robert Middleton) to explain where he last left his ship. This on the eve of his wedding. Only with the help of Ens. Benson (Dina Merrill) and Stan Wychinsky (Mickey Shaughnessy) can he hope to remember where the missing ship is. This film is one of Lewis's finest examples of true laughter in it's purest form. A Classic by any other name which has stood the test of time. ****


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