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Mister Roberts (1955)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 4 December 1955 (Japan)
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.

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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 Rob Hartill

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4 December 1955 (Japan)  »

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Keine Zeit für Heldentum  »

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$21,200,000 (USA)
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2.55 : 1
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Although Marlon Brando turned down the role of "Mister Roberts," his sister Jocelyn Brando did play Nurse Lt. Ann Girard (Betsy Palmer's role in the film) on Broadway. See more »

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Chief Dowdy's working uniform aboard ship during that time would have been dungarees with a CPO cap. Chiefs didn't start wearing khakis as a working uniform aboard ship until later. Also note that none of the enlisted sailors had their rating/rank on their sleeves of the dungaree working uniform. This also didn't occur until later on. See more »

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Ensign Pulver: [reading Mr. Robert's letter] Doc, I've been aboard this destroyer for two weeks now and we've already been through four air attacks. I'm in the war at last, Doc! I've caught up with that task force that passed me by. I'm glad to be here. I had to be here, I guess. But I'm thinking now of you, Doc,and you, Frank. And Dolan, and Dowdy, and Insigna and everyone else on that bucket. All the guys everywhere who sail from Tedium to Apathy and back again, with an occasional side trip to Monotony. This...
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One of the best films of the 50s
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mister Roberts (1955) - CO-Directors: John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy Enough time had passed that Americans were able to laugh at some of the kookier aspects about military life and Hollywood provided just the right amount of seriousness and irreverence with this 1955 hit.

Henry Fonda gave one of his career making performances in this film as a lieutenant in the Navy who feels that the action of the war is passing him by. Instead of fighting the enemy, he's engaged in a battle of wills with off kilter superior officer James Cagney, who also turns in one of his mythic-making performances. The great William Powell is on board in one of his last roles as the friendly on board doctor. The late Jack Lemmon won an Academy Award for his supporting role of Ensign Pulver, a man who finally straightens his spine and takes macho Cagney on mano-a-mano. (Color)


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