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The Skipper Surprised His Wife(1950)

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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.