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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:
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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
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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 ...
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Taru
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Stefanowski (as Richard Gautier)
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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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31 July 1964 (USA)  »

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Mr. Pulver and the Captain  »

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Sequel/Spin Off to "Mister Roberts". Jack Lemmon played Ensign Pulver in the first film. 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: [to Doc] The only reason I don't take you by the nap of the neck and throw you overboard, is that I might need a doctor some day!
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Referenced in Damage (2012) See more »

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I'll Be A Sunbeam
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Words by Nellie Talbot and music by E.O. Excell
Spoken by Taru
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This Is Supposed To Be A Comedy?
14 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The DVD box billed this as a comedy...but it was hardly funny. Yes, you could laugh at a martinet ship captain for forbidding his crew to sing after he catches them singing a mocking song, or making an officer throw smuggled booze overboard. But there was nothing funny about his refusing compassionate leave to a sailor whose 18-month-old daughter had just died to allow him to attend the funeral. We could laugh at a petty tyrant, but not someone with no human compassion at all.

The movie was a sequel to "Mister Roberts", which was far superior and had humor but did not lose sight of the seriousness of the war situation everyone was in. This was just a wretched attempt at comedy that I had to turn off after fifteen minutes. There were a number of major acting stars, as well as actors who would become big stars later. But the best performers couldn't possibly have made this movie work.


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