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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

THE LAUGH OF YOUR LIFE-TIME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Ernest Borgnine was considered for the role of Lt. Siegel. See more »

Goofs

When Ensign Tyson (Russ Tamblyn)first proclaims he's an ensign, he is clearly wearing silver bars, the insignia of a lieutenant, junior grade. An ensign wears gold bars--known familiarly as "Butter Bars." See more »

Quotes

Lt. J.G. Max Siegel: What's ole Marblehead doing in there? Thinking big or playing with his sexton?
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Eva Gabor (2) (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Go Near The Water
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by The Lancers
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Go Near the Water See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,495,000 (estimated)
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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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