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Don't Go Near the Water
     

Don't Go Near the Water

Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Anne Francis

 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A middling service comedy, Don't Go Near the Water certainly has the look of a winner. Glossy and slick -- much like the public relations officers the film is concerned with -- Water skims along the surface of its comedic subject without ever getting its feet very wet. While there's more than a touch of satire here, it's surprisingly toothless, the kind that flirts with cynicism without letting itself get too involved in what that cynicism really means. However, for those that don't mind its superficiality, Water should be very enjoyable. Certainly Dorothy Kingsley and George Wells' screenplay is professionally put together, and their gags are properly built up, with pay-offs that reward more often than not. Charles Walters' direction is efficient and smooth, if not especially inspired or imaginative, and the cast is made up of pleasant actors and committed comics. Glenn Ford handles the lead role well, offering more in the way of personality and appeal than exceptional comic timing, which is not a bad thing at all. Anne Francis, Gia Scala and Eva Gabor are delightful to look at, which is what is required of them, which leaves the likes of Keenan Wynn, Fred Clark, Mary Wickes and Mickey Shaughnessy to keep the comedy bright -- a goal they do their best to achieve.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2011
UPC:
0883316338148
Original Release:
1957
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
12,385

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Lt. Max Siegel
Gia Scala Melora
Anne Francis Lt. Alice Tomlen
Earl Holliman Adam Garrett
Keenan Wynn Gordon Ripwell
Fred Clark Lt. Cmdr. Clinton Nash
Eva Gabor Deborah Aldrich
Russ Tamblyn Ensign Tyson
Jeff Richards Lt. Ross Pendelton
Mickey Shaughnessy Farragut Jones
Howard I. Smith Adm. Boatwright
Romney Brent Mr. Alba
Mary Wickes Janie
Jack Straw Lt. Cmdr. Gladstone
Robert Nichols Lt. Cmdr. Hereford
John Alderson Lt. Cmdr. Diplock
Jack Albertson Rep. George Jansen
Charles Watts Rep. Arthur Smithfield
Hugh Boswell Jerry Wakely
Paul Bryar Lieutenant Commander Flaherty
Don Burnett Lieutenant Hepburn
John Dennis Corporal Donohue
Gregg Martell Boatswain
Julian Rivero Mr. Seguro
Steve Warren Seaman
Wilson Wood Yeoman

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Adrienne Fazan Editor
William Horning Art Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
George Wells Screenwriter

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