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
The Six-Year Stage Smash on the Screen!
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Did You Know?
Before shooting the scene where Pulver identifies himself and tells Capt. Morton (James Cagney
that he's been on the ship for "14 months, sir", Cagney realized that he would have to rehearse the moment with Jack Lemmon
again and again so he wouldn't burst out laughing during the actual filming. Lemmon agreed, and when the scene was filmed Cagney claimed he was just barely able to hang on with a straight face, even after all the rehearsal time. See more
The shore patrol arrives with a truckload of guards to restrict ship's personnel from leaving "The Bucket" and Schlemmer drives a motorcycle off of the dock. Before he does so, he passes the ship and the truck and all the shore patrol personnel are missing. See more
Chief Petty Officer Dowdy
[Referring to the letter from Forney
Could I have that, I'd like to post it for the crew.
[Referring to the letter from Roberts
No, post this one. It's theirs.
Army Air Corps Song
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