Mister Roberts (1965– )
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Black and Blue Market 



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Douglas Roberts
Steve Harmon ...
Ensign Frank Pulver
Captain John Morton
George Ives ...
Richard Sinatra ...
Shore Patrol Lt.
Tiger Joe Marsh ...
Tiki Sam
Andre Philippe ...
Commander David
Admiral Wetherby
Lt. Lilli Stephenson


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14 January 1966 (USA)  »

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MISTER ROBERTS – Black and Blue Market 1966

This is the18th episode of the 1965-66 television series based on the 1955 film of the same name. The film starred Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon, William Powell and Ward Bond. The series stars Roger Smith as Mr. Roberts, Francis X Slattery in the Cagney role, George Ives in the Powell bit and Steve Harmon as Ensign Pulver. Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for his role in the film. The series ran for a total of 30 episodes.

This one starts with the ship hitting a port and Captain Slattery being summoned to see the Admiral, Barry Kelly. The crew except for the duty shift gets shore leave. Ensign Pulver (Steve Harmon) has drawn the short straw and gets Officer of the Day duties. Everyone else heads for the nearest bar for a beer or two.

Shortly afterwards, a navy truck pulls. A leggy brunette nurse, Joan Freeman, exits said truck and approaches Harmon. She hands him a requisition for a truck load of supplies for the port hospital. The problem here is that only the Captain or First Officer can sign off on the request.

Freeman bats her eyes at Harmon and whispers that she thinks he is cute, and would he like to meet later in the evening. Harmon of course bites and forges Roger Smith's name. The truck is soon loaded and takes off. Harmon is soon off duty and joins Smith at the club. He tells Smith about the hot number he is to meet.

Needless to say it is too good to be true. It seems that Harmon has been scammed by a gang selling black market goods. Now Smith and Harmon need to track down the group and get back the goods.

There is a wild search and bar-room brawl needed before the gang is tracked to their lair. The gang produces guns and Smith and the hapless Harmon are locked away in a storeroom.

Anyways, it all turns out for the good when pretty Miss Freeman reveals that she is working for Navy Intelligence. It was all a ploy to catch the local king pin in the black market racket.

Not bad at all, several good laughs are had with Harmon doing a rather good imitation of Jack Lemmon's bit as the same character. One of the guest stars was Richard Sinatra. Sinatra appeared in several of his cousin Frank's films.

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