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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Warner Home Video

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

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever.

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

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

The acting is the only reason to watch it.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A strikingly superior entertainment.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
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


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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