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Nautical Film Index


All Hands on Deck

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Jay Sommers
Source: Donald R. Morris (novel: Warm Bodies)
Cast: Pat Boone, Buddy Hackett, Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Eden

100 minutes - 1961


Story of a Navy ship with a captain obsessed with catching a fish, a singing executive officer wanting to get married, and an Indian with a turkey as a pet.






April in Paris

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: David Butler
Screenplay: Jack Rose ; Melville Shavelson
Cast: Doris Day, Ray Bolger, Claude Dauphin

100 minutes - 1952


Musical with Dance in a galley






Cabin Boy

Touchstone (USA)

Director: Adam Resnick
Screenplay: Adam Resnick ; Chris Elliot
Cast: Chris Elliott, Ritch Brinkley, James Gammon, Russ Tamblyn

80 minutes - 1994


Snobby school boy goes left and mistakes the "Filthy Whore" for his millionaire dad's yacht. He joins four filthy fishermen for hijinx on the high seas






Down Periscope

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: David S. Ward
Screenplay: Hugh Wilson ; Andrew Kurtzman ; Eliot Wald
Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton

92 minutes - 1996


Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge is assigned as Captain to the USS Stingray, an old diesel driven submarine that has seen better days






Father Goose

Universal (USA)

Director: Ralph Nelson
Screenplay: Peter Stone ; Frank Tarloff
Source: S. H. Barmett (story)
Cast: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard

118 minutes - 1964


During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female






Follow the Fleet


Director: Mark Sandrich
Screenplay: Dwight Taylor ; Allan Scott
Source: Hubert Osborne (play)
Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott

110 minutes - 1936


Musical - A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco






Hit the Deck

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: Roy Rowland
Screenplay: Sonya Levien ; William Ludwig
Source: Herbert Fields (play)
Cast: Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds

112 minutes - 1955


Musical - a sailor, his pals and his sister on shore leave in San Francisco






In the Navy

Universal (USA)

Director: Arthur Lubin
Screenplay: Arthur T. Horman ; John Grant
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell, The Andrews Sisters

84 minutes - 1941


Famous radio-crooner is tired of it all and enlists in the Navy under his true name






Jack Ahoy

Gainsborough (UK)

Director: Walter Forde
Screenplay: Leslie Arliss ; Gerald Fairlie ; Sidney Gilliat ; Jack Hulbert ; Austin Melford
Source: J. O. C. Orton (story)
Cast: Jack Hulbert, Nancy O'Neil, Alfred Drayton

70 minutes - 1934


A song and dance comedy featuring an incompetent Submarine sailor






McHale's Navy

Universal (USA)

Director: Edward Montagne
Screenplay: Frank Gill. jr. ; George Carlton Brown
Source: Si Rose (story)
Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, Joe Flynn

93 minutes - 1964


The crew of PT-73 get into trouble when they back the wrong horse in a race. Now they have to come up with a way to raise the money to pay off the winners






McHale's Navy

Universal (US)

Director: Bryan Spicer
Screenplay: Peter Crabbe
Source: Peter Crabbe ; Andy Rose (story)
Cast: Tom Arnold, Dean Stockwell, Ernest Borgnine, Tim Curry

108 minutes - 1997


Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73. With help from his old crew, McHale tries to put the 2nd best terrorist in the world out of business






Mister Roberts

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: John Ford ; Mervyn LeRoy
Screenplay: Frank Nugent ; Joshua Logan
Source: Thomas Heggem ; Joshua Logan (play)
Cast: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon

123 minutes - 1955


In the waning days of WWII, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean






Mister Roberts


Director: Melvin Bernhardt
Screenplay: Joshua Logan
Source: Thomas Heggem ; Joshua Logan (play)
Cast: Robert Hays, Kevin Bacon, Charles Durning

100 minutes - 1984


Set aboard a navy cargo ship during World War II, this comedic drama follows Lt. Doug Roberts, who battles boredom and a tyrannical captain to the admiration of Ensign Pulver, Doc, and the crew. Made for TV






Ensign Pulver

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Joshua Logan
Screenplay: Joshua Logan
Source: Thomas Heggem ; Joshua Logan (play)
Other Titles: Mr. Pulver and the Captain
Cast: Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau

104 minutes - 1964


Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of miles away from the front. Ensign Pulver plays a prank on the captain that triggers fatal consequences







Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Nelson Gidding
Source: Weldon Hill (novel)
Cast: Andy Griffith, Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Joe Mantell

111 minutes - 1958


In 1941, an Oklahoma college graduate joins the US Coast Guard and serves as a cook on a ship based in Boston






Operation Peticoat

Universal (USA)

Director: Blake Edwards
Screenplay: Stanley Shapiro ; Maurice Richlin
Source: Paul King ; Joseph Stone (story)
Cast: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien

124 minutes - 1959


During WWII, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses






Out to Sea

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Martha Coolidge
Screenplay: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon

106 minutes - 1997


A failed gambler, intent on meeting a rich widow, tricks his widowed brother-in-law into boarding a cruise ship as dance hosts






The Wackiest Ship in the Army

Columbia (USA)

Director: Richard Murphy
Screenplay: Richard Murphy
Source: Herbert Carlson (story)
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson

99 minutes - 1960


During WW2, Lt. Rip Crandall, who was a yachtsman before the war, takes command of the USS Echo, a sailing ship, for a secret mission in waters patrolled by Japanese warships






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