The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Theatrical release poster
Directed byElliott Nugent
Written byDorothy Kingsley
Based onI Taught My Wife to Keep House the Navy Way" and
"The Skipper Surprised His Wife

1949 Reader's Digest
by William Lederer
Produced byWilliam H. Wright
StarringRobert Walker
CinematographyHarold Lipstein
Edited byCotton Warburton
Music byBronislau Kaper
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • June 29, 1950 (1950-06-29)
Running time
85 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box office$926,000[1]

The Skipper Surprised His Wife is a 1950 film directed by Elliott Nugent and starring 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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  3. ^ "The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950) - Elliott Nugent | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".