Mister Roberts


Mister Roberts

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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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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
Clarence E. Frank
as Naval Officer
Stubby Kruger
as Schlemmer
Carolyn Tong
as Chinese Girl
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Critic Reviews for Mister Roberts

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Audience Reviews for Mister Roberts

  • Dec 30, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2010
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2010
    A marvelously entertaining classic film that brought the beloved Broadway comedy hit to the silver screen, superbly directed by John Ford & Mevyln Leroy. Henry Fonda reprise his brilliant Tony-winning role of Lt. Doug Roberts, who is eager to be transferred to a battleship in the war zone rather than serve on a cargo supply ship named "Reluctant" which is dominated by a petty, tyrannical Captain who is fierce adversary of Lt. Roberts, played with great relish by the great James Cagney in a truly memorable performance, Jack Lemmon won his first Academy Award as the hapless, lecherous, rambunctious and opportunistic Ensign Pulver who is a laugh riot and is unforgettable, Lemmon steals the show in every scene which he appears, and in his final film William Powell proves once again to a master of comedy timing as "Doc," the world -weary medic of the ship. A superb comedy that endures the test of time, an American classic.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2008
    The premise seemed a bit blah at first but when i watched it, I was very amused and the actors are all very likeable.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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