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?
Although he played the part of Lt. (j.g.) Doug Roberts on Broadway, Henry Fonda
was not the first choice to recreate the role for the film version (the producers felt the 50-year-old Fonda too old to play the role). The producers first wanted Marlon Brando
, but he was committed to another project at the time and could not get out of it. Then they turned to Tyrone Power
. However, director John Ford
insisted on Fonda; they had made several successful films together and Ford said that he would not direct the film without him. Since the producers needed the director with six Academy Awards to helm the film, they gave in. Ironically, once filming began, Ford and Fonda saw eye to eye on almost nothing. Fonda had played the character on Broadway for two years and felt he knew the character inside out. Ford had other ideas, and on his set you saw things his way or you saw the door. Things came to a head when, during a meeting which the producers called with Fonda and Ford to clear the air, Ford sucker-punched Fonda. Ford left the production soon after (Ford's war-related health reasons were given as the official explanation). Mervyn LeRoy
, and later Joshua Logan
--the director of the Broadway play--took over directing duties and finished the film. The decision was made to keep Ford's and LeRoy's name in the final credits. See more
When Ensign Pulver returns to his cabin after blowing up the ship's laundry facility, the soap suds on his head and back change between shots. See more
Shore Patrol Officer
A little while ago, six men from your ship broke into the home of the French Colonial Governor. They started throwing things through a plate glass living room window. We found some of the things on the lawn. Large world globe. Small love seat. A lot of books. A bust of Balzac. The French writer? We also found an Army private first class. He was unconscious at the time. He claims they threw him, too.
Through the window?
Shore Patrol Officer
That's right. It seems he took them there for a little joke. He didn't tell ...
Followed by Ensign Pulver
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa See more