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Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 3 July 1959 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Herbert Baker (screenplay), Edmund Beloin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... John Paul Steckler I / John Paul Steckler IV / John Paul Steckler VII
Dina Merrill ... Ens. Rita J. Benson
Diana Spencer Diana Spencer ... Prudence Trabert Steckler
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Stan Wychinski
Robert Middleton ... Vice Adm. Philo Tecumseh Bludde
Gale Gordon ... Congressman Mandeville
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Trabert
Claude Akins ... Lt. Cmdr. Farber
Hugh Sanders ... Adm. Rogers
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Cmdr. Cross
Chuck Wassil Chuck Wassil ... Cmdr. Craig
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Storyline

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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ship | honeymoon | navy | train | bunk bed | See All (10) »

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How can an officer in his right mind "misplace" a fully-equipped destroyer escort? See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Himmel, Arsch und Zwirn, fluchte der Leutnant See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Not only was the USS Vammen DE644 (Destroyer Escort) used as the fictitious USS Kornblatt but so was her crew. The scenes (at around 37 mins) are the USS Vammen crew desperately trying to follow Jerry Lewis' chaotic commands. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Japanese Officer: Sunrise. Time you die.
John Paul Steckler VII: Before breakfast?
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Connections

References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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A rollicking good time with Jerry and the US Navy.
2 January 2007 | by sweetwater-4See all my reviews

As with most of the old Jerry Lewis films, "Don't Give Up the Ship" was a very funny movie, rich in the old Jerry Lewis slapstick comedy. It was especially fun for me as I served aboard the ship used in the movie as the "USS Kornblatt". But, no, gentlemen, the trivia section here is incorrect as to the identity of that ship. It was NOT the USS STEMBEL (DD-644), a fleet Destroyer, but USS VAMMEN (DE-644), a Destroyer-Escort. That the "Kornblatt" was a DE was mentioned MANY times in the film. I'm certainly not trying to detract from the film, but merely trying to get my "old Home" some of the recognition she deserves. Sadly there is only one ship of her class that has been preserved as a museum ship anywhere in the country, USS SLATER.


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