Don't Give Up the Ship (film)

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Don't Give Up the Ship
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Hal B Wallis
Written by Herbert Baker
Edmund Belion
Henry Garson
Starring Jerry Lewis
Dina Merrill
Diana Spencer
Claude Akins
Robert Middleton
Gale Gordon
Mickey Shaughnessy
Music by Walter Scharf
Cinematography Haskell B. Boggs
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 3, 1959 (1959-07-03)
Running time
85 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Box office $3.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]
1,735,230 admissions (France)[2]

Don't Give Up the Ship is a comedy directed by Norman Taurog and starring Jerry Lewis. It was filmed from October 21, 1958 to January 30, 1959, and released on July 3, 1959 by Paramount Pictures.


On his wedding day, John Paul Steckler VII (Jerry Lewis), is tracked down by Navy officers for having misplaced the navy destroyer-escort, USS Kornblatt, following World War II. He is charged with finding it, and through a series of comedic capers told through flashbacks, the viewer follows him along during his pursuit.


The USS Vammen was used to portray the fictional ship the USS Kornblatt. Previously the USS Stembel (DD-644) was listed as the ship portraying the Kornblatt, but this was an error. The Stembel was a Fleet Destroyer, the Vammen (DE-644) a Destroyer-Escort.


The film was re-released on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, Rock-A-Bye Baby in 1962.


  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  2. ^ Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story

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