Navy Wife

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This article is about the 1956 film. For the 1935 film, see Navy Wife (1935 film).
Navy Wife
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Edward Bernds
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by Kay Lenard
Tats Blain (novel Mother Sir)
Starring Joan Bennett
Gary Merrill
Shirley Yamaguchi
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Wilfred M. Cline
Edited by Richard Cahoon
Distributed by Allied Artists
Release date
Running time
83 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $353,300[1]

Navy Wife is a 1956 comedy film directed by Edward Bernds (who also directed "Three Stooges" and "Bowery Boys"), and starring Joan Bennett, Gary Merrill, Shirley Yamaguchi. The screenplay was written by Kay Lenard, based on the novel Mother Sir by Tats Blain. The film was produced by Walter Wanger, who was Bennett's husband in real life.


This movie takes place in post-war Japan, where Peg Blain (Bennett) and daughter Debby (Judy Nugent) join Peg's commanding-officer husband Jack (Merrill). After the local Japanese wives see how independent and self-reliant Peg and Debby are, they demand to have the same respect, rights and privileges as them. At a military Christmas party, the situation gets brought up and resolved.[2]

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  1. ^ Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p446
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Navy Wife". All Movie Guide. 

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