Ensign Pulver (1964)

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Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives and 1 very big case of appendicitis.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ensign Frank Pulver (as Robert Walker)
Kay Medford ...
Head Nurse
Carney (as Peter L. Marshall)
Joseph Marr ...
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
LaSueur (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Diana Sands ...
Robert Matek ...


1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of miles away from the front. In one word: he drives his crew crazy. They are near mutiny, but no-one dares to do the first step. Until Ensign Pulver plays a prank on the captain that triggers fatal consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Following in the hilarious fun-steps of "Mister Roberts"


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31 July 1964 (USA)  »

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El alférez Pulver  »

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Did You Know?


The movie viewed by the crew, 'Young Dr. Jekyll Meets Frankenstein', never existed. It was fabricated by matching some newly made shots into existing footage from The Walking Dead (1936) a 1936 Warner Brothers release starring Boris Karloff and Edmund Gwenn. Both Karloff and Gwenn are credited on the screen, as is another actor, Morgan Paull, who appears in some of the new shots. Paull's on-screen credit reads "And Introducing Morgan Paull as Young Dr. Jekyll". See more »


During Captain Morton's appendix operation he sings The Joy Boy's radio theme song in his drunken stupor. The Joy Boy's show didn't premiere until 1955, more than 10 years after the movies time setting. See more »


Captain Morton: [Having intercepted Ens. Pulver attempting to smuggle bottles of scotch on board] I want the name of every man that ordered a bottle of that stuff.
Ens. Frank Pulver: Nobody ordered it, sir. It's for me.
Captain Morton: You was gonna' drink all of that yourself?
Ens. Frank Pulver: Slowly.
Captain Morton: This is a *Navy* ship, mister! Throw that dirty liquor overboard!
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Sentimental Journey
Music by Les Brown and Ben Homer
Lyrics by Bud Green
Sung with revised lyrics by the sailors at the beginning
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25 May 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Perhaps if this film had no connection at all to the superb Mister Roberts, it might rate three stars for being simply a terrible comedy misfire of stunning proportions. That could be forgiven, dismissed, and easily overlooked. However, this film exists only as a cynical effort to cash-in on the success of a treasured creative triumph which had been emotionally embraced by audiences worldwide. There is but one redeeming factor in this entire abomination of a sequel and that is the presence of Walter Matthau. He comes off well although the lifeless mess of a script gives him little to work with. The rest of the ensemble is a conglomeration of miscasting (the usually excellent Ives), actors lacking any talent whatsoever (Tommy Sands?!), and the completely charmless, irritating, and horrendously awful Robert Walker, Jr. He alone is enough to sink this stinking scow and was better suited to portraying psychopaths on TV when some delusional casting director actually believed Walker, Jr. would be just right for some doomed police procedural. While it is somewhat interesting to see young future stars at the start of their careers, the performances are really pretty bad and all of these now well-known actors were fortunate to have survived this wreck, let alone going on to win multiple awards, appearing in some of the most successful television programs/films ever produced, and earning many millions in cash. Besides a soulless script, Ensign Pulver was personally assassinated by director Josh Logan, acting without mercy and with a vicious abandon that is painful to witness. Even a gentle soul like Mr. Roberts himself might well have taken some drastic action if he had seen the ruthless damage inflicted upon this rusting tub of unpleasantness and would have desperately deflected Logan's grim pattern of relentless torpedoes. Alas, those who saw the original Mr. Roberts will most likely find this ghastly garbage barge a heartbreaking insult to the source material if not an outright greedy criminal assault upon a beloved classic.

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