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Ensign Pulver (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 31 July 1964 (USA)
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 ...
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"


Comedy | Drama | War


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31 July 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El alférez Pulver  »

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Sequel/Spin Off to "Mister Roberts". Jack Lemmon played Ensign Pulver in the first film. See more »


In the beginning of the scene where Captain Morton and Ensign Pulver are adrift and Morton begins telling the story of when his wife left him, a boat is visible on the horizon. 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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Referenced in Stardust Memories (1980) See more »


I'll Be A Sunbeam
Words by Nellie Talbot and music by E.O. Excell
Spoken by Taru
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A decent 60's light comedy
29 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Acceptance of 'Ensign Pulver' for what it is gets hampered by dumb Producer choice to cash in on 'Mr. Roberts.' In pacing and overall tone 'Ensign Pulver' has much in common with many WW2 themed light comedies made in the mid-1960's.

This movie is worth watching in our current era first with an understanding of what it meant to be at the time; a mildly distracting 90 minutes of celluloid. It's not bad really.

Second, the movie is worth watching by students of film/culture to note how moral ambiguity influenced 1960's Hollywood. In 'Mr. Roberts' Cagney has a great scene about why he hates 'college boys' yet there's nothing in the film that treats his character with sympathy.

In 'Ensign Pulver' it seems pains are taken to give the Captain a back story so he comes across as a scarred victim of an unfortunate childhood.

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