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Mister Roberts (1955)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 4 December 1955 (Japan)
Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2.

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Wiley (as Tiger Andrews)
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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(WarnerColor)

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2.55 : 1
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John Ford was drinking more heavily than usual, causing him to behave erratically. Ward Bond helped direct when Ford was too inebriated. See more »

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CPO Dowdy appears dressed in enlisted work dungarees with a white Chief Petty officers cover (hat). Not sure about the WWII time frame, but a Chief Petty officers should be dressed in khaki uniform, similar to the officers, along with a khaki cover. Also, he is referred to as Dowdy by superiors and subordinates. He should be referred to as Chief or Chief Dowdy. See more »

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Reber: Say, Doc, when I woke up this morning, I had...
Lt. 'Doc': And remembered you were working cargo. Continue.
Reber: [holds his side] Honest, Doc, I couldn't even straighten up! I guess it's the old appendix again, huh, Doc?
Lt. 'Doc': That appendix of yours certainly gets around, Reber. Now it's on the wrong side. Two aspirin, marked for duty. Next.
Reber: Aspirin? For a floatin' appendix, Doc?
Lt. 'Doc': Yes, it's the latest thing. I'll have one with you.
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Referenced in DuckTales: Spies in Their Eyes (1987) See more »

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Army Air Corps Song
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Crawford
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Fine Combination of Comedy & Drama, With An Excellent Cast
3 November 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The cast and story of "Mister Roberts" are both of high quality, and they fit together well to produce one of the best war movies to be set in the Second World War. It effectively and thoughtfully presents many facets of military life - from boredom to conflict, from slapstick to sadness - without resorting to any labored or overblown material.

The cast is excellent in its own right, and the main characters are ideally matched with their roles. Henry Fonda could be no better in portraying Roberts in all his interactions with the other characters, Jack Lemmon is always entertaining as Pulver, and in Doc, William Powell gets the kind of role he played better than anyone. James Cagney is flawless as the sometimes small-minded captain, bringing out his shortcomings, yet also allowing you to understand why the character is like that.

Most of the settings work well, and they help to create a believable atmosphere of navy life. The running confrontations with the palm tree and the letters are well-conceived, and they are also used effectively, getting a lot of material out of them without stretching things too far. "Mr. Roberts" communicates some worthwhile ideas while remaining enjoyable, and provides good entertainment and comedy without avoiding the realities in the characters' lives.


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