Don't Give Up the Ship

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Released 1959

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Director:
Norman Taurog
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1959
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Don't Give Up the Ship is a 1959 comedy from director Norman Taurog. John Paul Stecker (Jerry Lewis) stumbles his way through life with one comedic mess up after another, and his time in the Navy as an officer apparently was not any different. Years after he returns from WWII and supposedly decommissioned a destroyer escort he commanded during the war, the Navy shows up on his wedding night claiming the inventory list says "equipment not returned." Now, he must either pay for the lost ship or help the Navy find it. In lieu of a honeymoon, Stecker, under instructions from the Navy he no longer works for, pairs up with ensign psychologist Rita Benson (Dina Merrill) to undergo hypnosis to find the lost ship. Can Stecker's wife of less than one day, Prudence (Diana Spencer), understands why he cannot make their honeymoon and instead plans to spend it with the beautiful psychologist assigned to help him? Even more importantly, can they find the ship so Stecker's new marriage does not begin with a mountain of debt?

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