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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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Officer and gentleman by Act of Congress -- man, somebody goofed! 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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The US Navy made use of the time ship and crew were filming Don't Give Up the Ship by conducting training maneuvers cruising through Western and Central Carolines, the Bonins, the northern Marianas, and the Volcano islands, parts of the Trust Territor of the Pacific Islands administered by the Navy. 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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Ens. Rita J. Benson: Lieutenant, I know you're the victim of one of the biggest boo-boos in the history of the U.S. Navy.
John Paul Steckler VII: Yeah, I am.
Ens. Rita J. Benson: I've looked over your record and it's spotless. You've always had the utmost concern for government property.
John Paul Steckler VII: W-well I always DID try my best - except maybe just that one time w-when I painted my seabag all red and cut the two holes in the bottom for my feet.
Ens. Rita J. Benson: Your feet?
John Paul Steckler VII: Well, it was a Halloween party, y' see. I went as a skinless frankfurter.
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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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