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Mister Roberts (1955)

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Based on a novel by Thomas Heggen and previously a successful Broadway play, this film boasts an all-star cast giving an all-star performance. The prequel to Ensign Pulver, a short-term TV series and a TV special, it is a humorous WW II story of a crew with cabin fever. With a commanding officer who is slightly off the wall to begin with, when the crew of the South Pacific cargo freighter decide to alleviate their boredom with practical jokes, usually at their captain's expense, tit for tat becomes the watchword as the captain decides to get even. The secondary story line revolves around the ship's cargo officer, Mr. Roberts, who wants to see some action and so must be transferred off the cargo vessel.

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Cast

Henry Fonda
as Lt. Doug Roberts
James Cagney
as Capt. Morton
Jack Lemmon
as Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
William Powell
as Lt. 'Doc'
Ward Bond
as C.P.O. Dowdy
Betsy Palmer
as Lt. Ann Girard
Philip Carey
as Mannion
Harry Carey Jr.
as Stefanowski
Fritz Ford
as Lidstrom
William Henry
as Lt. Billings
Harold Kruger
as Schlemmer
Perry Lopez
as Rodrigues
Robert Roark
as Insignia
Jim Moloney
as Kennedy
Denny Niles
as Gilbert
Shug Fisher
as Cochran
Dan Borzage
as Jonesey
Martin Milner
as Shore Patrol Officer
Gregory Walcott
as Shore Patrolman
Jack Pennick
as Marine Sergeant
Duke Kahanamoku
as Native Chief
George Brangier
as French Colonial Officer
Stubby Kruger
as Schlemmer
Clarence E. Frank
as Naval Officer
Carolyn Tong
as Chinese Girl
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Critic Reviews for Mister Roberts

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever.

February 10, 2012 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

James Cagney is simply great as the captain of the ship.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The acting is the only reason to watch it.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A strikingly superior entertainment.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Still an expert mix of sentiment, comedy, patriotism and anarchy.

February 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

This stodgy film version of the famous Broadway success was one performance too many.

February 10, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Mister Roberts

One of the most delightful of war "comedies' Mister Roberts provides a good starring role for Henry Fonda and puts him toe to toe with legendary James Cagney. Throw in Jack Lemmon and William Powell and you have the recipe for something special which is delivered most effectively.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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Mister Roberts is yet another testament to the legend and greatness of Henry Fonda. John Ford's (half) direction (Mervyn LeRoy took over after Ford went batshit drunk) offered some of the greatest shots this side of Monument Valley. James Cagney also turns in a great performance if you can handle him playing a total asshole and his scenes with Fonda are great also. A young Jack Lemmon also does a great job as does William Powell in his final screen role. Mister Roberts is also full of great characters even if the story doesn't really go anywhere unexpected or far. The scene where Lemmon read that last letter pissed me off in ways any human language can never hope to describe but that final scene kind of turned it around.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Good Old Fashion Fun

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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