Don't Go Near the Water (1957)

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Obviously inspired by such service comedies as Mister Roberts and Operation Mad Ball, Don't Go Near the Water is a tribute to those "unsung heroes" of WW2: the men and women of the Navy's Public Relations Department. Thousands of miles away from the shooting war, Lt. Max Siegel (Glenn Ford) and the rest of the PR staff spend their time issuing colorful reports of Naval heroism and sucking up to visiting US dignitaries on a tiny South Sea island. Siegel and company also battle the anal-rententive pettiness of such superior officers as Lt. Cmdr. Clinton T. Nash (Fred Clark) and such potential foes as abrasive war correspondent Gordon Ripwell (Keenan Wynn). The feminine angle is provided by Gia Scala as Melora, a European-educated local girl, Anne Francis as by-the-book nurse Lt. Alice Tomlen, and Eva Gabor as women's magazine writer Deborah Aldrich. Particularly amusing is Mickey Shaughnessy as foul-mouthed seaman Farragut Jones, whose periodic barrages of profanity are invariably drowned out by the sound of a ratchet-horn (this was, after all, 1957). Don't Go Near the Water was based on the comic novel by ex-PR man William Brinkley.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Romance
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MGM

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Cast

Glenn Ford
as Lieutenant
Gia Scala
as Melora Alba
Earl Holliman
as Adam Garrett
Anne Francis
as Lieutenant Alice Tomlen
Keenan Wynn
as Gordon Ripwell
Fred Clark
as Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Nash
Eva Gabor
as Deborah Aldrich
Russ Tamblyn
as Ensign Tyson
Jeff Richards
as Lt. Ross Pendleton
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Farragut Jones
Howard Smith
as Adm. Boatwright
Romney Brent
as Mr. Alba
Mary Wickes
as Janie
Jack Straw
as Lt. Cmdr. Gladstone
Robert Nichols
as Lt. Cmdr. Hereford
John Alderson
as Lt. Cmdr. Diplock
Jack Albertson
as Rep. George Jansen
Charles Watts
as Rep. Arthur Smithfield
Julian Rivero
as Mr. Seguro
Ike Gibson
as Lt. Cmdr. Pratt
Don Burnett
as Lt. Hepburn
Hugh Boswell
as Jerry Wakely
Wilson Wood
as Yeoman
John Dennis
as Cpl. Donohue
Steve Warren
as Seaman Flaherty
Gregg Martell
as Boatswain
John L. Cason
as Seabee Metkoff, Onlooker at Building Construction
Paul Bryar
as Lt. Cmdr. Flaherty, Construction Officer
David Sharpe
as Sailor Doing Building Construction
Carey Loftin
as Navy Officer On Roof
Norman Grabowski
as Sailor Carrying Miss Aldrich's Luggage
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