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Stanley Shapiro (screenplay) and
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1959 (UK) See more »
20,000 Laughs Under The Sea! See more »
World War 2 comedy about a submarine commander who finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) sub, a con-man executive officer and a group of army nurses. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Great movie a must for your dvd collection "a classic" See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman

Tony Curtis ... Lt. JG Nicholas Holden
Joan O'Brien ... Lt. Dolores Crandall RN

Dina Merrill ... Lt. Barbara Duran RN
Gene Evans ... Chief Molumphry

Dick Sargent ... Ens. Stovall (as Richard Sargent)

Virginia Gregg ... Maj. Edna Heywood RN
Robert F. Simon ... Capt. J.B. Henderson
Robert Gist ... Lt. Watson

Gavin MacLeod ... Ernest Hunkle
George Dunn ... The Prophet
Dick Crockett ... Harmon

Madlyn Rhue ... Lt. Reid RN

Marion Ross ... Lt. Colfax RN
Clarence Lung ... Sgt. Ramon Gillardo (as Clarence E. Lung)

Frankie Darro ... Pharmacist Mate Dooley
Tony Pastor Jr. ... Fox
Robert F. Hoy ... Reiner (as Robert Hoy)
Nicky Blair ... Seaman Kraus
John W. Morley ... Williams

Arthur O'Connell ... Chief Mechinist's Mate Sam Tostin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Baylor ... Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Crewman (uncredited)
Bert Byers ... Bowman (uncredited)
Dick Callinan ... Lt. Morrison (uncredited)
Gordon Casell ... Col. Higginson (uncredited)
Malcolm Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
H. Haile Chace ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tony Corrado ... Fireman Lye (uncredited)
Dale Cummings ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Francis De Sales ... Capt. Kress (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Navy Chief (uncredited)
Tusi Faiivae ... Witch Doctor (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Un-named Colonel in Jeep on Cebu (voice) (uncredited)
Bob Gibson ... Seaman (uncredited)
Larry Gilliland ... Sailor (uncredited)
Preston Hanson ... Lt. Col. Simpson (uncredited)
Fred Harflinger II ... Sailor (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vi Ingraham ... Pregnant Filipino Woman (uncredited)
Glenn Jacobson ... Control Tower Staff (uncredited)
Robert Keys ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... Filipino (uncredited)
William Kinney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Lt. Cmdr. Daly (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Adm. Koenig (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Filipino Farmer (uncredited)
John James Russell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Alan Scott ... Chief of Demolition (uncredited)
Bob Stratton ... Marine Lieutenant (uncredited)
Nino Tempo ... Crewman (uncredited)
Howard Venezia ... Soldier (uncredited)
Francis L. Ward ... Petty Officer (uncredited)
Robert C. Youmans ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
Stanley Shapiro (screenplay) and
Maurice Richlin (screenplay)

Paul King (suggested by a story by) and
Joseph Stone (suggested by a story by)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
David Rose 
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert E. Smith)
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound (as Vernon W. Cramer)
Special Effects by
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
Ray Austin .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Editorial Department
Henri Jaffa .... color consultant
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Lucius H. Chappell .... technical advisor (as Rear Adm. Lucius H. Chappell U S N Ret.)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Paul Frees .... looping voices (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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124 min | Germany:100 min | Canada:120 min (Ontario) | Portugal:117 min
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Iceland:L | Portugal:17 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19345) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Bob Hope always said it was his biggest regret that he turned down this movie.See more »
Factual errors: When Lt. Commander Sherman is talking to Captain Henderson they mention the submarine tender Bushnell as being in Darwin, Australia. That is not correct as the Bushnell had been transferred to duty as a Hydrographic Survey ship and renamed Sumner AGS-32 in 1940. The closest submarine tender was actually USS Canopus AS-9, which was in the Cavite Naval Yard.See more »
Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman:Subject, Toilet paper. One: on 6 June 1941, this vessel submitted a requisition for 150 rolls of toilet paper. On 16 December 1941 the requisition was returned with stamped notation, 'Cannot identify material required.' Two: the commanding officer of the USS SeaTiger cannot help but wonder what is being used at the Caviti Supply Depot as a substitute for this unidentifiable material once so well known to this command.See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great movie a must for your dvd collection "a classic", 19 November 2002
Author: bzgolfss from Somerset Kentucky

I thought the movie was quiet delightful. A classic for the whole family Brought back alot of great memories as a child. Not a war movie for the serious war buff's. Two thumbs up. Glad I found this one!!

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