The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)

85-86 mins | Comedy | 30 June 1950

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Producer:

William H. Wright

Cinematographer:

Harold Lipstein

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Skipper Who Married His Wife . A Sep 1948 HR news item noted that M-G-M purchased the film rights to W. J. Lederer's articles as a vehicle for actor Van Heflin. The news item also indicated that Lederer, a former Navy man, based his stories on his own experiences managing his home and rearing his three children when his wife suffered an injury. DV news items add the following information: Betty Garrett was originally cast in the role of "Daphne Lattimer," but was forced to withdraw from the production because of her pregnancy. Sally Forrest and Diana Lynn were tested to replace her. Vincente Minnelli was originally assigned to direct the film, but the studio reassigned him to Father of the Bride . Portions of the film were shot on location in Coronado and San Diego, ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Skipper Who Married His Wife . A Sep 1948 HR news item noted that M-G-M purchased the film rights to W. J. Lederer's articles as a vehicle for actor Van Heflin. The news item also indicated that Lederer, a former Navy man, based his stories on his own experiences managing his home and rearing his three children when his wife suffered an injury. DV news items add the following information: Betty Garrett was originally cast in the role of "Daphne Lattimer," but was forced to withdraw from the production because of her pregnancy. Sally Forrest and Diana Lynn were tested to replace her. Vincente Minnelli was originally assigned to direct the film, but the studio reassigned him to Father of the Bride . Portions of the film were shot on location in Coronado and San Diego, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Box Office
13 May 1950.
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Daily Variety
23 Sep 49
p. 1.
Daily Variety
11 Oct 49
p. 1.
Daily Variety
28 Oct 49
p. 1.
Daily Variety
10 Nov 49
p. 7.
Daily Variety
23 Nov 49
p. 4.
Daily Variety
28 Dec 49
p. 14.
Daily Variety
11 May 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 May 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 1949.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Dec 49
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 May 50
p. 294.
New York Times
30 Jun 50
p. 18.
Variety
7 Nov 1949.
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Variety
17 May 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the articles "I Taught My Wife to Keep House the Navy Way" and "The Skipper Surprised His Wife" by W. J. Lederer ( Readers's Digest , Mar 1949).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Skipper Who Married His Wife
Release Date:
30 June 1950
Production Date:
10 November--late December 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 April 1950
Copyright Number:
LP64
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85-86
Length(in feet):
7,655
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14326
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After being stationed away from his San Diego home base for more than a year, Navy Commander William Lattimer is ordered by Admiral Homer Thorndyke to return home and begin a study program at a Navy radar school. William's wife Daphne and his two young sons give William a big welcome when he returns, but their celebration comes to an abrupt end when Daphne slips on a rollerskate and breaks her ankle. The injury leaves Daphne bedridden and precludes her from doing any housework. Unaccustomed to handling domestic chores, William suddenly finds himself managing the housework and taking care of his sons. William's efforts to bring order to the household flounder, and his responsibilities at home soon prove so exhausting that he is nearly thrown out of the radar school for tardiness and lack of attention. William continues to fail both at home and at radar school until he gets an idea to employ military-style regimentation and planning to the day-to-day life at his home. After interviewing some housewives in the neighborhood and researching the effectiveness of such a plan, William establishes a system of order that proves to be an instant success. In addition to maintaining a high level of organization at home, William invests in a number of new appliances to help speed household chores, including an automatic ironing device and an intercom system. The plan works so well that William takes his ideas to lecture halls all over town and tries to persuade other housewives to follow suit. As William's housekeeping methods gain in popularity, Agnes Thorndyke, Homer's wife, and Daphne begin a campaign to get their husbands out of the Navy ... +


After being stationed away from his San Diego home base for more than a year, Navy Commander William Lattimer is ordered by Admiral Homer Thorndyke to return home and begin a study program at a Navy radar school. William's wife Daphne and his two young sons give William a big welcome when he returns, but their celebration comes to an abrupt end when Daphne slips on a rollerskate and breaks her ankle. The injury leaves Daphne bedridden and precludes her from doing any housework. Unaccustomed to handling domestic chores, William suddenly finds himself managing the housework and taking care of his sons. William's efforts to bring order to the household flounder, and his responsibilities at home soon prove so exhausting that he is nearly thrown out of the radar school for tardiness and lack of attention. William continues to fail both at home and at radar school until he gets an idea to employ military-style regimentation and planning to the day-to-day life at his home. After interviewing some housewives in the neighborhood and researching the effectiveness of such a plan, William establishes a system of order that proves to be an instant success. In addition to maintaining a high level of organization at home, William invests in a number of new appliances to help speed household chores, including an automatic ironing device and an intercom system. The plan works so well that William takes his ideas to lecture halls all over town and tries to persuade other housewives to follow suit. As William's housekeeping methods gain in popularity, Agnes Thorndyke, Homer's wife, and Daphne begin a campaign to get their husbands out of the Navy and keep them at home for good. With the passage of time, however, Daphne finds that she is unable to cope with the strictness of William's overly efficient style, and decides to leave him. The marriage is saved at the last moment, though, when Dr. Philip Abbott, the family doctor, advises Walker to relent and consider the happiness of his children and wife. William and Daphne make amends, after which Daphne urges her husband to rejoin the Navy and leave the housework to her. +

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