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.
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Did You Know?
was in the original Broadway cast as a member of the ensemble (not as "Wiley," his role in the film). Besides Henry Fonda
, he is the only actor who appeared in both the Broadway and film casts. See more
When Doc corks the bottle of alcohol, the cork appears out of nowhere. See more
Lt. j.g. Douglas A. Roberts
Frank, you asked me what I thought of you. Well, I'll tell you. The day you finish one thing you started out to do, the day you actually *put* those marbles in the Captain's overhead, and then have the guts to knock on his door and say, "Captain, *I* put those marbles there," that's the day I'll have some respect for you. That's the day I'll look up to you as a man. Okay?
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
Referenced in As Long As I'm Famous
If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight
Music by James P. Johnson
Words by Henry Creamer
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
Sung, hummed and whistled by Jack Lemmon
throughout film (uncredited) See more