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Mister Roberts ()


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In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members... See more »

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Lt. j.g. Douglas A. Roberts
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The Captain
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Doc
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Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver
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Lt. Ann Girard
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Chief Petty Officer Dowdy
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Mannion (as Phil Carey)
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Reber
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Rodrigues
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Dolan
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Insigna
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Stefanowski
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Bookser (as Pat Wayne)
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Gerhart
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Wiley (as Tiger Andrews)
Fritz Ford ...
Lindstrom
Jim Moloney ...
Kennedy
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Mason
Denny Niles ...
Gilbert
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Lt. Billings
Frank Connor ...
Cochran (as Francis Connor)
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Olson
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Johnson
Stubby Kruger ...
Schlemmer
Danny Borzage ...
Jonesy
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Cookie
Jimmy Murphy ...
Taylor (as Jim Murphy)
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Nurse
Maura Murphy ...
Nurse
Mimi Doyle ...
Nurse
Jeanne Murray ...
Nurse
Lonnie Pierce ...
Nurse
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Shore Patrol Officer
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Shore Patrolman
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Military Policeman
Jack Pennick ...
Marine Sergeant
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Native Chief (as Duke Kahanamoko)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brangier ...
French Colonial Officer (uncredited)
Clarence E. Frank ...
Naval Officer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tong ...
Bookser's Native Romance (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford
Mervyn LeRoy
Joshua Logan ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Frank S. Nugent ... (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) and
Joshua Logan ... (screenplay)
 
Thomas Heggen ... (based on the play by) and
Joshua Logan ... (based on the play by)
 
Thomas Heggen ... (from the novel by)

Produced by

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Leland Hayward ... producer

Music by

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Franz Waxman

Cinematography by

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Winton C. Hoch ... director of photography (as Winton Hoch)

Film Editing by

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Jack Murray

Art Direction by

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Art Loel

Set Decoration by

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William L. Kuehl

Costume Design by

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Moss Mabry ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Norman A. Cook ... production manager (as Norman Cook)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wingate Smith ... assistant director
Edward O'Fearna ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Earl Crain Sr. ... sound (as Earl N. Crain Sr.)
George Boggs ... sound editor (uncredited)
Irvin Jay ... sound editor (uncredited)
Stanley Martin ... sound editor (uncredited)
William A. Mueller ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dale Pickett ... sound editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Philip Crawford ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ... motorcycle stunt (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Location Management

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Robert Sunderland ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leonid Raab ... orchestrator
Franz Waxman ... conductor
Michael Goldsen ... music consultant: Polynesian music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Leland Hayward ... produced on the stage by
Merle MacBain ... technical advisor (as Commander Merle MacBain USN)
John Dale Price ... technical advisor (as Admiral John Dale Price USN {Ret.})
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... naval liaison (uncredited)
Howard Hohler ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Other Companies

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  • United States Navy (we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of, whose men, vessels and installations in the Pacific made this motion picture possible)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Keywords
Taglines All the Uproarious Fun of the Smash Broadway Play! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Permission jusqu'à l'aube (France)
  • Keine Zeit für Heldentum (Germany)
  • Escala en Hawai (Spain)
  • La nave matta di Mr. Roberts (Italy)
  • Мистър Робъртс (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Before shooting the scene where Pulver identifies himself and tells Capt. Morton (James Cagney) that he's been on the ship for "14 months, sir", Cagney realized that he would have to rehearse the moment with Jack Lemmon again and again so he wouldn't burst out laughing during the actual filming. Lemmon agreed, and when the scene was filmed Cagney claimed he was just barely able to hang on with a straight face, even after all the rehearsal time. See more »
Goofs In the scene where the ship is underway and at general quarters, several shots of the bridge show that there is no one at the helm (steering the ship). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978). See more »
Soundtracks If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight See more »
Crazy Credits The seven top-billed actors listed in the opening credits are not listed with the other players in the end credits. See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver: Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinkin' palm tree overboard! Now what's all this crud about no movie tonight?
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