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Don't Go Near the Water (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | December 1957 (USA)
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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Certificate:

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,140,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Richards and Keenan Wynn had previously appeared together in "Code Two" (1953). See more »

Goofs

Despite the mid-1940s WWII setting, all the women's hair styles, clothing, and uniforms are strictly 1957. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ross Pendleton: You have no idea the variance in loins.
Lt. J.G. Max Siegel: Well, live and loin, man.
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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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fluff, but fun
10 March 2003 | by rupieSee all my reviews

This tale of the absurdist goings-on at a public relations office for the navy in the WWII pacific theater is sort of a downscale "South Pacific." The casting and production values are extremely high, but the movie never aspires to anything more than light (extremely light) entertainment. In this it succeeds quite well. The movie is great to look at, and the comic abilities of Glenn Ford - an underrated actor, in my book - are at their peak. No lasting nourishment here, but a fun flick to see - once. Side note - the movie is another example of the superiority of the color processes employed in the 50's and late 40's over what is commonly used in today's flicks.


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