Mister Roberts is aboard a US cargo ship, working in the Pacific during the Second World War. He'd do anything to leave the quiet of the ship to join in the "action". Trouble is, the captain of the ship, is a bit of a tyrant, and isn't willing to sign Roberts' transfer requests. Also on board is Ensign Pulver, who avoids work as best he can, whilst living off the riches of his buying and selling. Roberts and the crew are in constant battle, even over the smallest of disagreements. Written by
All the Uproarious Fun of the Smash Broadway Play!
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, who directed and co-wrote the Broadway production, was brought in to redirect some sequences which the producers felt that original director John Ford
had captured ineffectively before he was taken off the project. Logan was credited as co-writer instead of co-director because it was felt that having three names listed as director would look silly in the credits. Both Logan and Henry Fonda
felt that the film version did not have anywhere near the quality of the stage production. See more
On more than one occasion, Ensign Pulver's lips don't move when he sings his little song. See more
Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinkin' palm tree overboard! Now what's all this crud about no movie tonight?
IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT
Music by James P. Johnson
Words by Henry Creamer
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed (whistled) by Jack Lemmon
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