Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts

Henry Fonda
Director: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
, James Cagney
James Cagney
John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy,

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Overview

Henry Fonda returned to films after an eight-year absence in this masterful adaptation of the actor's Broadway hit Mister Roberts. Written and partially directed by Joshua Logan, the film stars Fonda as Lt. Doug Roberts, chief cargo officer of the supply ship "Reluctant." WW2 is in its last few months, and Roberts is itching for combat duty. But the Reluctant's surly, despotic captain (James Cagney), anxious to use Roberts to expedite his own promotion, refuses to sign any of Roberts' transfer requests. Helping to brighten Mister Roberts' humdrum existence are his best friends, Ensign Frank Pulver (Jack Lemmon, in an Oscar-winning performance) and the ship's philosophical doctor (William Powell, in his final film appearance). Most of the laughs are provided by Pulver, officer "in charge of laundry and morale." When he isn't wheeling and dealing to bring a bevy of beautiful nurses on board the Reluctant, Pulver is concocting elaborate schemes to avenge himself against the Captain -- even though he's spent 14 months on the Reluctant without ever meeting his nemesis. The film's highlights include the efforts by Roberts, Pulver, and Doc to mix a bottle of Scotch from Coca-Cola, Iodine, and other vital ingredients; and Mister Roberts' (and later Ensign Pulver's) assertion of manhood by tossing the Captain's precious palm tree overboard. Halfway through shooting, legendary director John Ford was replaced, ostensibly because of illness, by Mervyn LeRoy. One of the finest service comedies ever made, Mister Roberts spawned a less amusing sequel, Ensign Pulver (1964), as well as a 1965 TV sitcom.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
UPC: 0012569736351
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 7,585

Special Features

Closed Caption; Scene-specific commentary by Jack Lemmon; Vintage Ed Sullivan Toast of the Town excerpt featuring the movie's stars; Fonda on Fonda documentary excerpt recounting Henry Fonda's involvement in the play and movie; Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Extensive production notes; Stage-to-screen theatrical trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Lt. Doug Roberts
James Cagney Captain Morion
William Powell Doc
Jack Lemmon Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Betsy Palmer Lt. Ann Girard
Ward Bond C.P.O. Dowdy
Philip Carey Mannion
Nick Adams Reber
Ken Curtis Dolan
Frank Aletter Gerhart
Fritz Ford Lindstrom
Buck Kartalian Mason
William Hudson Olson
Harry Tenbrook Cookie
Perry Lopez Rodrigues
Robert Roark Insigna
Patrick Wayne Bookser
Tige Andrews Wiley
Jim Moloney Kennedy
Shug Fisher Johnson
Danny Borzage Jonesey
Jimmy Murphy Taylor
Kathleen O'Malley Nurse
Maura Murphy Nurse
Mimi Doyle Nurse
Lonnie Pierce Nurse
Gregory Walcott Shore Patrolman
James Flavin MP
Jack Pennick Marine Sergeant
Duke Kahanamoku Native Chief
Harold Kruger Schlemmer
Harry Carey Stefanowski
William Henry Lt. Billings
Stubby Kruger Schlemmer
Martin Milner Shore Patrol Officer

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Leland Hayward Producer
Winton Hoch Cinematographer
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Art Loel Art Director
Joshua Logan Screenwriter
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
William Mueller Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Murray Editor
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Wingate Smith Asst. Director
Franz Waxman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Mister Roberts
1. Dawn/Reveille [3:57]
2. The Latest Letter [6:46]
3. Sick Call [2:38]
4. Taking in the View [3:00]
5. Captain on Deck [3:19]
6. Pulver and Nurses [4:08]
7. A Scotch Recipe [7:43]
8. Challenge/Pulver [3:04]
9. Roberts Wants In [3:21]
10. Firecracker Idea [1:04]
11. Never Getting Off [6:03]
12. One of My Officers? [3:43]
13. Harmless/Visitors [5:27]
14. Welcome to Elysium [3:58]
15. Price of Liberty [8:24]
16. Back From Liberty [8:59]
17. Shoving Off [1:41]
18. A Changed Roberts [4:16]
19. Big Bang V-E Day [10:22]
20. Cast Out the Enemy [3:17]
21. General Alarm [1:47]
22. "Who Did It?" [1:51]
23. Stabbed in Back [1:54]
24. Doctor on Double [1:14]
25. "Good Night" [1:04]
26. Transfer Day [2:10]
27. Thanks [3:45]
28. New Cargo Officer [1:01]
29. Order of the Palm [2:59]
30. Mail Call [1:13]
31. The Unseen Enemy [3:25]
32. Sad News [1:21]
33. I, Pulver [1:51]

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