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Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)

Approved | | 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 ... Cmdr. Cross
Chuck Wassil Chuck Wassil ... Cmdr. Craig
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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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Out on a limb...looking for the destroyer he "misplaced"! See more »

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Trivia

According to first-hand reports, Jerry Lewis gave the crew of the USS Vammen an expensive "Hi-fi" set for their participation in the movie. 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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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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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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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