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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 are granted liberty.

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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
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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)

Script and Continuity Department

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Howard Hohler ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional 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)
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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 Mister Roberts (Italy)
  • Keine Zeit für Heldentum (Austria)
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  • 123 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia When John Ford met James Cagney at the airport, the director warned that they would "tangle asses," which caught Cagney by surprise. Cagney later said: "I would have kicked his brains out. He was so goddamned mean to everybody. He was truly a nasty old man." The next day, Cagney was slightly late on set, and Ford became incensed. Cagney cut short the imminent tirade, saying: "When I started this picture, you said that we would tangle asses before this was over. I'm ready now - are you?" Ford backed down and walked away and he and Cagney had no further conflicts on the set. 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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