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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 »

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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) »

Taglines:

The Funniest Story of High-Seas Hilarity Ever to Set Audiences Adrift in Helpless Hysteria! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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

The ship shown as the USS Kornblatt was actually the USS Vammen (DE644). De-commissioned August 1st 1962. Sank February 18th. 1971, after being used as a training target for a Condor missile. See more »

Goofs

After setting out of Pearl Harbor going to San Deigo Steckler realizes he can't see through the binoculars because of the lens covers and removes them dropping them on the deck. However in the next shot you can see his feet on the deck and there are no covers around him where they should have fallen. See more »

Quotes

Ens. Rita J. Benson: You can take your shoes off, if you'd like.
John Paul Steckler VII: Oh, thank you. I won't be as tall, though.
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Connections

References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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Additional Comments on Vammen
27 March 2007 | by jadeavelSee all my reviews

As an addition to the above comments by sweetwater4 about the Vammen. I remember a plaque on the mess deck, located on a bulkhead next to the door going to the Chief's quarters, from the movie company thanking the crew for their assistance in filming the movie on board ship. Quite a few crew members appeared in the movie as extra's. I was a crew member on this ship from late 1960 to July 1963. Also when you see the movie it is quite clear that the ship has only one funnel. The Stembel had two funnels along with housed 5" guns where the DE's of this class had open mounts with 3" guns. The two silhouettes are quite different from on another. The Vammen was the only Buckley Class DE to have had the Bridge structure lowered.


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