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Ensign Pulver (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 31 July 1964 (USA)
Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives, and one very big case of appendicitis.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Thomas Heggen (based on a play by), Joshua Logan (based on a play by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Walker Jr. ... Ensign Frank Pulver (as Robert Walker)
Burl Ives ... Captain Morton
Walter Matthau ... Doc
Tommy Sands ... Bruno
Millie Perkins ... Scotty
Kay Medford ... Head Nurse
Larry Hagman ... Billings
Peter Marshall ... Carney (as Peter L. Marshall)
Joseph Marr Joseph Marr ... Dowdy
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... LaSueur (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Diana Sands ... Mila
Robert Matek Robert Matek ... Stretch
Jack Nicholson ... Yeoman Dolan
Al Freeman Jr. ... Taru
Dick Gautier ... Stefanowski (as Richard Gautier)
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Storyline

1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of miles away from the front. In one word: he drives his crew crazy. They are near mutiny, but no-one dares to do the first step. Until Ensign Pulver plays a prank on the captain that triggers fatal consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Following in the hilarious fun-steps of "Mister Roberts"

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Pulver and the Captain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Lemmon did not reprise his Oscar-winning breakthrough role from Mister Roberts (1955), however his future friend and frequent cast mate Walter Matthau does appear in this film. This was two years before their first film together, The Fortune Cookie (1966). See more »

Goofs

During Captain Morton's appendix operation he sings The Joy Boy's radio theme song in his drunken stupor. The Joy Boy's show didn't premiere until 1955, more than 10 years after the movies time setting. See more »

Quotes

Captain Morton: [Having intercepted Ens. Pulver attempting to smuggle bottles of scotch on board] I want the name of every man that ordered a bottle of that stuff.
Ens. Frank Pulver: Nobody ordered it, sir. It's for me.
Captain Morton: You was gonna' drink all of that yourself?
Ens. Frank Pulver: Slowly.
Captain Morton: This is a *Navy* ship, mister! Throw that dirty liquor overboard!
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Referenced in Damage (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sentimental Journey
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Music by Les Brown and Ben Homer
Lyrics by Bud Green
Sung with revised lyrics by the sailors at the beginning
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Business As Usual Now That Mister Roberts Is Gone
11 August 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Minus Mister Roberts the rest of the characters from that classic play have returned to this sequel that presents Ensign Pulver as the leading character. This film makes the assumption that you have seen Mister Roberts so you know who the main characters are and their personalities before you even watch Ensign Pulver.

Playing the roles of Ensign Pulver, Captain Morton, and Doc are Robert Walker, Jr., Burl Ives, and Walter Matthau. Walker is far more a callow youth than Jack Lemmon was in Mister Roberts. After that show of bravado where Pulver through the Captain's prize palm tree overboard, it's once again business as usual with the tyrannical captain going out of his way to be the meanest man on earth running this navy cargo ship, miles away from the action in the Pacific theater.

At first there's a lot more service type comedy than there was in Mister Roberts, but things do take a serious turn when Pulver and the Captain go overboard during a typhoon. Many days on a rubber raft and then on a tropic island make the captain open up and you get some insight why he's the nasty fellow he is.

Some other key roles are Tommy Sands who plays a sailor looking to get leave because his wife just lost their baby and Gerald S. O'Loughlin who gets temporary command of the USS Reluctant when Ives goes missing. In fact Ensign Pulver makes an addition to Mister Roberts in that the ship we see has a full complement of officers other than the four main characters from Mister Roberts. Look for Jack Nicholson in a small role as radioman Dolan and as per the civil rights era, Al Freeman integrates the crew which was not the case in Mister Roberts.

Walker gets a love interest in Millie Perkins an army nurse who sees him for the shiftless character he is and her supervisor is Kay Medford who has a very droll part.

Ensign Pulver is not a classic like Mister Roberts, but it is an amusing service comedy and holds up well today.


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