Set aboard a navy cargo ship during World War II, this comedic drama follows Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays, Airplane!), who battles boredom and a tyrannical captain to the admiration of Ensign Pulver, Doc, and the crew.

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Set aboard a navy cargo ship during World War II, this comedic drama follows Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays, Airplane!), who battles boredom and a tyrannical captain to the admiration of Ensign Pulver, Doc, and the crew.

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Reinstated a joke that was cut from the original Broadway production. When Roberts says of Ensign Pulver "He's pretty resourceful. Where'd he get the clap last year?" the producers cut the last last part of the line when some members of the audience complained. The line was put back in for this television production. See more »

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Version of Mister Roberts (1955) See more »

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Good, but can't live up to the original.
18 January 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this version of Mister Roberts on tv, when it was first broadcast. It was basically presented as a teleplay, not a movie. The staging was done as if for the theater. I actually saw this version before ever seeing the Henry Fonda movie.

The acting is generally good; but, it's hard to take Robert Hays seriously after the Airplane films. You never quite believed him as the beloved officer. Also, Howard Hessman was a bit young for the Doc. Kevin Bacon was fine, but Pulver calls for great comedic timing and that's not Bacon's strongpoint.

This was a nice throwback to the early days of television, where you had the great theatrical shows, like Playhouse 90. But, after the motion picture, this never had a chance.


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