This is the 11th 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
This one is the second of a three episode story. In the previous
episode, the ship, the, "U.S.S. Reluctant" has been disabled due to an
explosion in the engine room. Their radio is also out due to the crew
shooting up the radio gear while shooting at a Japanese plane.
The ship is floating in the middle of the Pacific with no way to fix
the engine. Water and food are being rationed. Floating up to the ship
is a one man lifeboat. In the boat is the pilot, George Takei, of the
Japanese aircraft the ship had shot at. Takei is brought on board and
placed in the brig.
It seems that Takei is an American educated radio expert. He offers to
help them fix the radio transmitter. This he does and soon the U.S.
Navy arrives to give them a tow. The Admiral in charge though is less
than amused when he discovers that the damage to the "Reluctant" was
self-inflicted. It looks like a court-martial for Mister Roberts (Roger
Smith) and the Captain (Francis X Slattery).
We now need to watch the third episode of the story arc to discover the
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