Mister Roberts is aboard a US cargo ship, working in the Pacific during the Second World War. He'd do anything to leave the quiet of the ship to join in the "action". Trouble is, the captain of the ship, is a bit of a tyrant, and isn't willing to sign Roberts' transfer requests. Also on board is Ensign Pulver, who avoids work as best he can, whilst living off the riches of his buying and selling. Roberts and the crew are in constant battle, even over the smallest of disagreements.
The Six-Year Stage Smash on the Screen!
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Did You Know?
, who directed and co-wrote the Broadway production, was brought in to redirect some sequences which the producers felt that original director John Ford
had captured ineffectively before he was taken off the project. Logan was credited as co-writer instead of co-director because it was felt that having three names listed as director would look silly in the credits. Both Logan and Henry Fonda
felt that the film version did not have anywhere near the quality of the stage production. See more
As Ensign Pulver tries to climb the stairs after blowing up the laundry room, you hear him calling out to someone and whistling at the same time. See more
Lt. j.g. Douglas A. Roberts
[Pulver is expecting the company of a woman. Roberts reads out the embroidered words on one of Pulver's pillows in dismay
Tonight or never. Compliments of The American Harvester Company. We plough deep while others sleep.
The seven top-billed actors listed in the opening credits are not listed with the other players in the end credits. See more
Television and the standard VHS prints substitute a different march that is played over the loudspeakers during the scene where Henry Fonda is listening to the VE Day celebrations and throws the captain's palm tree overboard. Also eliminated is the voice-over of Fonda humming the march as he walks up the gang ladder leaving the scene. See more
Army Air Corps Song
Written by Robert Crawford See more