The Skipper Surprised His Wife

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The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Produced by William H. Wright
Written by Dorothy Kingsley
Based on I Taught My Wife to Keep House the Navy Way" and
"The Skipper Surprised His Wife

1949 Reader's Digest
by William Lederer
Starring Robert Walker
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Cotton Warburton
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • June 29, 1950 (1950-06-29)
Running time
85 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $753,000[1]
Box office $926,000[1]

The Skipper Surprised His Wife is a 1950 film directed by Elliott Nugent. It stars Robert Walker and Joan Leslie.[2]


The skipper, Cmdr. William Lattimer (Robert Walker) whose wife Daphne (Joan Leslie) is incapacitated by a broken leg, forcing the skipper takes over management of their home. A stickler for nautical discipline, Lattimer tries to run things "the Navy way," but this proves not only futile but ridiculous.[3]



According to MGM records, the film earned $733,000 in the US and Canada and $193,000 overseas, leading to a loss of $181,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
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