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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 »


Norman Taurog


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


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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


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) »


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




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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The US Navy made use of the time used while the ship and crew were being filmed by conducting training maneuvers cruising through Western and Central Carolines, the Bonins, the northern Marianas and the Volcano islands, all of which were parts of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands administered by the Navy. See more »


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 »


John Paul Steckler VII: Now hear this! Now hear this! I want a tight ship! I want an efficient ship! 'Cause an efficient ship is a happy ship! And a happy ship is a tight ship! And I want everyone to be efficient, happy and tight!
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References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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Don't Turn the Channel, But Swim the Channel for This Winner!
17 November 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

It seems that the USS Cornblatt is missing. How can a USS Cornblatt be missing? Oh wait, Jerry Lewis was left in charge of it. In what I think is one of his best films, Jerry Lewis is at his funniest as he is trying to find this huge piece of metal, or else pay an exorbitant amount for it. But wait! He was just married and on his honeymoon, when he was shanghaied. Diana Spencer plays his new wife, and she is very good at being teasingly impatient. He tries to see his wife every chance he gets, but then he is quarantined to private quarters. Mabel Albertson is his mother who frowns on this inconvenience and especially the mention of Jerry's father, who was absolutely no good, absolutely. And, when Ensign Benson, played deliciously by Dina Merrill, is assigned to help Jerry look for the destroyer, he keeps trying to keep her away from his wife. Part of the story is told by way of flashback, when Ensign Benson puts him into hypnosis! Also costarring Mickey Shaughnessy, Gale Gordon, and Claude Akins, this is a feel-good film all over. Up there with "The Delicate Delinquent," this is simply Jerry Lewis at his best.

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