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Don't Go Near the Water (1957)

On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty.

Director:

Charles Walters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Lt. J.G. Max Siegel
Gia Scala ... Melora Alba
Earl Holliman ... Adam Garrett
Anne Francis ... Lt. Alice Tomlen
Keenan Wynn ... Gordon Ripwell
Fred Clark ... Lt. Cmdr. Clinton T. Nash
Eva Gabor ... Deborah Aldrich
Russ Tamblyn ... Ens. Tyson
Jeff Richards ... Lt. Ross Pendleton
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Farragut Jones
Howard Smith ... Adm. Junius Boatwright
Romney Brent ... Mr. Alba - Melora's Father
Mary Wickes ... Janie
Jack Straw Jack Straw ... Lt. Cmdr. Gladstone
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Lt. Cmdr. Hereford
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Storyline

On a small island in the South Pacific, the Navy's P.R. department is spending WWII without getting near a ship. Lt. Max Siegal is the Second in command to a clueless Commanding Officer who believes Sea Duty to be the worst punishment he can give one of his men. Siegal has to keep the foreign correspondents happy, keep his Commander out of trouble and figure out a way for one of the enlisted sailors to date the lady Lieutenant of his dreams - all while convincing a certain island schoolteacher that he's the man for her. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Funnier Than The Hilarious Book About The Navy Boys Who Made Almost Everything But Sea Duty! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geh nicht zu nah ans Wasser See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,495,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,265,000, 31 December 1957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,140,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Perspecta Sound)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

It appears that Farragut Jones has his insignia, commonly called his crow, on the wrong sleeve. However, during the time period of this movie (WWII) Navy enlisted rates were worn on either sleeve. Original ratings such as Boatswain and Gunners Mates were "right sleeve" rates and later ratings were "left sleeve" rates. The sailor in question seems to be a Yeoman (admin ass't person) so he is correct wearing his rating on the left sleeve. This was changed after WWII and today all enlisted sailors wear their rating on the left sleeve. See more »

Quotes

Adm. Junius Boatwright: Oddballs and freaks, that's what they are. The whole blasted public relations.
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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman and lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles
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Episodic Island Comedy
31 December 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

On a picturesque South Pacific island, during World War II, a US Navy base handles public relations. Unmarried star lieutenant Glenn Ford (as Max Siegel) takes visiting congressmen on a tour. Beautiful native schoolteacher Gia Scala (as Melora Alba) catches his eye. Enlisted sailor Earl Holliman (as Adam Garrett) likes the way pretty perfumed Anne Francis (as Alice Tomlen) "crosses her legs." Laidback young Russ Tamblyn (as Tyson) doesn't like washing teen-spirited sheets for war reporter Keenan Wynn (as Gordon Ripwell). Comic commander Fred Clark (as Clinton "Marblehead" Nash) is in charge. If you stick around, you'll see head-turning Eva Gabor (as Deborah "Debbie" Aldrich and foul-mouthed Mickey Shaughnessy (as Farragut Jones)...

The all-star cast is likable. However, the juvenile romances, snickering innuendo and silly slapstick don't mix well. Best part is a very funny episode involving Mr. Shaughnessy reputedly using what is politely called "The F-word," but you have to wade through much tediousness to get there. The title "Don't Go Near the Water" refers to the fact that the characters play on dry land – well, until we see Ms. Gabor's lacy black underwear. This was based on a novel, which suggests there might have been a more interesting story somewhere. Although Glenn Ford was then too big a movie star to do it, this would have made a fine half-hour situation comedy starring Mr. Ford, Mr. Clark and Mr. Tamblyn, who provide a solid anchor and cover their demographics.

***** Don't Go Near the Water (11/14/57) Charles Walters ~ Glenn Ford, Fred Clark, Russ Tamblyn, Earl Holliman


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