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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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Ensign Frank Pulver (as Robert Walker)
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Doc
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Bruno
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Scotty
Kay Medford ...
Head Nurse
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Billings
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Carney (as Peter L. Marshall)
Joseph Marr ...
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LaSueur (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Diana Sands ...
Mila
Robert Matek ...
Stretch
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Taru
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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Bruno is referred to as being a Seaman First Class, when his uniform insignia is clearly that of a Petty Officer Second Class. See more »

Quotes

Captain Morton: I don't want a crew of whining sissies with table manners. I want MEN!
Doc: You've GOT men! That's your problem! If we were in combat it would be different. These men left their homes to FIGHT, but they never got into the war! They're in limbo, Captain, trapped between heaven and hell on a floating 10-cent store!
Captain Morton: You "college" officers make me PUKE!
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Referenced in Stardust Memories (1980) See more »

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Sentimental Journey
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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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19 October 2004 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

We remember the hype about this film : "You'll be Pulver-ized with laughter!!!" Umm. . .NOT!! This seadog of a movie has none of the wit or pathos of "Mister Roberts", it's progenitor. Burl Ives does his level best to save this loser, but his efforts are torpedoed by Robert Walker Jr as Pulver, a pale imitation of Jack Lemmon. For our money, Walker was at his best as a barely recognizable hippie in "Easy Rider", or possibly as a product demonstrator in toy commercials for Milton-Bradley, but never, ever as a junior officer in the Navy. Or the Army either, for that matter. This film was billed as a comedy/drama, but fails miserably as either. The jokes aren't funny, and the alleged drama is hopelessly contrived, such as when Walker and Ives, mortal enemies, are adrift together in a small boat. Oh, can't you just reach out and touch the tension? This movie is essentially an endurance test, and should be required viewing for prospective telemarketers. You, on the other hand, should avoid it at all costs.


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