Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Don't Give Up the Ship stars Jerry Lewis as a navy officer who is whisked away from his honeymoon by a senate investigating committee. The committee would like to know what happened to the U.S.S. Kornblatt, the battleship Lewis had commandeered during the War; the crew arrived home safely, but the battleship completely disappeared! Jerry suffers from a mental block concerning the Kornblatt, so the navy assigns a beautiful psychiatrist (Dina Merrill) to probe his subconscious. With the help of an ex-sailor from the Kornblatt (Mickey Shaughnessy), Jerry locates the wreckage of the ship, tracing the responsibility of its disappearance to the investigating committee chairman (Gale Gordon). Based on a true incident (!), Don't Give Up the Ship stands up today as one of Jerry Lewis' best films.
government, war, battleship, boating, committee, con/scam, craziness, crew, destroyer, diver, flashback, groom [bridegroom], help, home, honeymoon, inquiry, investigation, investigator, lost, marriage, missing, moron, name-clearing, Navy, officer, psychiatry, responsibility, return, salvage, scuba-diving, Senate, suffering, sunken, target [object of attack], underwater, wedding