Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Vincente Minnelli was slated to direct The Skipper Surprised His Wife, but Elliot Nugent stepped in when Minnelli was transferred to another MGM comedy, Father of the Bride. The titular skipper, Cmdr. William Lattimer, is played by Robert Walker, while his wife Daphne is portrayed by Joan Leslie. When Daphne is incapacitated by a broken leg, 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. A secondary plot involves the efforts made by Lattimer and his superior officer Admiral Homer Thorndyke Edward Arnold to line up appropriate civilian jobs for other Navy husbands. Very slight stuff, The Skipper Surprised His Wife at least affords Robert Walker a rare opportunity to play comedy.
family, door-to-door, wife