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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Release Date:

31 July 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El alférez Pulver  »

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Opening credits: This story takes place in the waning days of World War II aboard a navy cargo ship operating in the back areas of the Pacific. See more »


After Burl Ives falls overboard, Ensign Pulver releases a rubber raft to assist in the Captain's rescue. When the raft falls into the water, it obviously falls upside down, however, in the next shot it appears that the raft is upright and all of the equipment is still aboard. See more »


Doc: [Ens. Pulver has been telling Doc about scaring the captain off the ship] "Scare the captain off this ship"! Don't dream. Don't dream!
Ens. Frank Pulver: Stop talking like somebody's father! What about you? You don't even dream!
Doc: Touché, Frank. I'm a vegetable. Eggplants don't dream, do they?
Doc: [mimicking a child's voice] And what did you do in the Great War, daddy?
Doc: [normal voice] I sat on a ship, paralyzed, and watched men rot.
Doc: I'm kaput. But you've got a potential. A destructive nature. And what do you do with it? ...
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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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Not A Remake of Mister Roberts
2 April 2004 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I have just purchased the VHS tape of this movie and I enjoyed it very much. Mainly for the performance of Robert Walker Jr.

I would like to point out that "Ensign Pulver" is not a remake of "Mister Roberts". Ensign Pulver is the same ship and same characters as Mr. Roberts only with different actors in the leads.

Burl Ives continues the role of Capt. first played by James Cagney. Robert Walker Jr. continues the role of Ensign Pulver first played by Jack Lemmon. Walter Matthau continues the role of Doc first played by William Powell.

Early in the movie, Doc notes that it has been only a few weeks since they found out about the death of Doug, Mr. Roberts(Henry Fonda). Pulver receives a package from someone who was on the ship where Mr. Roberts died. It is medical books that Mr. Roberts wanted Pulver to have because he knew he would like the dirty pictures.

This movie is much more of a comedy than "Roberts" and is alot of fun to watch.

Also in the crew you can spot George Lindsey, "Goober" from the Andy Griffith show, future TV game show host Peter Marshall, a skinny James Coco and a very young James Farentino.

Too bad this movie is not on DVD. Yet.

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