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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... See more »


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John Paul Steckler I / John Paul Steckler IV / John Paul Steckler VII
Ens. Rita J. Benson
Diana Spencer ...
Prudence Trabert Steckler
Stan Wychinski
Vice Adm. Philo Tecumseh Bludde
Congressman Mandeville
Mrs. Trabert
Lt. Cmdr. Farber
Adm. Rogers
Richard Shannon ...
Cmdr. Cross
Chuck Wassil ...
Cmdr. Craig
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mother (uncredited)
Charles Boaz ...
Commander (uncredited)
Judge Whipple - Wedding Guest with Cake in Hat (uncredited)
Hilda (uncredited)
John Diggs ...
Navy Commander (uncredited)
Lt. Ward (uncredited)
Officer at Hearing (uncredited)
Executive Officer (uncredited)
Sailor (uncredited)
Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
The Turkish Terror (uncredited)
Fuji ...
Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Ike Gibson ...
Yeoman Krugg (uncredited)
Cmdr. Turner (uncredited)
Ronnie Hansen ...
Officer (uncredited)
Bob Harvey ...
Ens. Brooks (uncredited)
Bruce Hayes ...
Navy Commander (uncredited)
Captain of the USS 'Kornblatt' (uncredited)
Guardsman (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ...
Hockmeir - Shore Patrol (uncredited)
Congressman (uncredited)
Robert Hosai ...
Japanese Corporal (uncredited)
Dickie Humphreys ...
Officer (uncredited)
John Indrisano ...
The Referee (uncredited)
James Burr Johnson ...
Ens. O.D. (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
David Landfield ...
Officer (uncredited)
Cmdr. Blake (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ...
Dugan (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Helmsman (uncredited)
Fight Manager (uncredited)
Tipp McClure ...
Captain of the Guard (uncredited)
Raymond A. McWalters ...
Officer (uncredited)
Burt Metcalfe ...
Lt. Bond (uncredited)
Lane Nakano ...
Japanese Soldier (uncredited)
Burt Nelson ...
Saunders - Navy Guard (uncredited)
Tony Regan ...
Officer (uncredited)
Hal Riddle ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Tony Russel ...
Lieutenant, s.g. (uncredited)
Paul Salata ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Japanese Colonel (uncredited)
Ringside wrestling announcer on the telephone (uncredited)
Martin Smith ...
Officer (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ...
Wrestling fan (black dress) (uncredited)
Ruth Sterling ...
Wrestling Fan (uncredited)
Chet Stratton ...
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Harriette Tarler ...
Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Mother at Wedding Party (uncredited)
Howard Van Proyen ...
Officer (uncredited)
Porter (uncredited)
Flower Girl (uncredited)
Trude Wyler ...
Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by

Norman Taurog

Written by

Herbert Baker ... (screenplay) and
Edmund Beloin ... (screenplay) &
Henry Garson ... (screenplay)
Ellis Kadison ... (story)

Produced by

Paul Nathan ... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis ... producer (as Hal Wallis)

Music by

Walter Scharf

Cinematography by

Haskell B. Boggs ... director of photography (as Haskell Boggs)

Editorial Department

Warren Low ... editorial supervisor

Art Direction by

Hal Pereira
Walter H. Tyler ... (as Walter Tyler)

Set Decoration by

Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Costume Design by

Edith Head

Makeup Department

Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Michael D. Moore ... assistant director (as D. Michael Moore) / second unit director (as D. Michael Moore)

Sound Department

Winston H. Leverett ... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Gene Merritt ... sound recordist
Harold Knettles ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects


Hubie Kerns ... stunt double: Jerry Lewis (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Lamar Boren ... underwater photographer
Ken Hunter ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Murray Young ... grip (uncredited)

Music Department

Walter Scharf ... conductor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Jack Mintz ... dialogue coach
Idris B. Monahan ... technical advisor (as Captain Idris Burke Monahan U.S. Navy {Ret.})
Bill Gray ... business manager (uncredited)
Len Hammond ... technical liaison (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines How can an officer in his right mind "misplace" a fully-equipped destroyer escort? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tiens bon la barre matelot! (France)
  • Adiós mi luna de miel (Spain)
  • O Jerry Lewis thalassolykos (Greece)
  • C'era una volta un piccolo naviglio (Italy)
  • Thalassolykos san ton Jerry (Greece)
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  • 89 min
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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 »
Movie Connections References The Caine Mutiny (1954). See more »
Quotes Ens. Rita J. Benson: Lieutenant, I know you're the victim of one of the biggest boo-boos in the history of the U.S. Navy.
John Paul Steckler VII: Yeah, I am.
Ens. Rita J. Benson: I've looked over your record and it's spotless. You've always had the utmost concern for government property.
John Paul Steckler VII: W-well I always DID try my best - except maybe just that one time w-when I painted my seabag all red and cut the two holes in the bottom for my feet.
Ens. Rita J. Benson: Your feet?
John Paul Steckler VII: Well, it was a Halloween party, y' see. I went as a skinless frankfurter.
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