Mister Roberts

Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy John Ford Starring: Henry Fonda

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A domineering captain, his pet palm tree and a devilish crew make life aboard a WWII cargo ship miserable for a cargo officer.


Studio Warner
SKU 202730112
UPC 012569736351
UPC 14 00012569736351
Format DVD
Release Date 9/19/2006
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
High Seas
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note The film represents Henry Fonda's return to the screen after an absence of seven years, part of which was spent playing the eponymous officer in the immensely successful stage version of Thomas Heggen's novel. As cargo officer and second in command on a supply ship during World War II, the easygoing Lt. Doug Roberts is excluded from a much desired combat role while playing whipping boy to dyspeptic tyrant Captain Morion (James Cagney). Ensign Frank Pulver (Jack Lemmon), a brash yet cowardly wheeler-dealer, entertains Roberts with his elaborate pranks while the fatherly Doc (William Powell in his last screen appearance) offers advice. The young crew tries every available means of killing boredom, including eyeballing the nurses on a nearby island through a telescope, and Roberts does what he can to get them the R and R they badly need. The film had a troubled production history, mostly because of conflicts between Fonda, a friend of author Thomas Heggen's, and Ford, who wished to make changes that Fonda disliked. Shortly after physically attacking Fonda, Ford suffered a ruptured gallbladder and was replaced by Mervyn LeRoy. Fonda is excellent, and Lemmon gives an inspired, Oscar-winning performance in a film that flows evenly from the comic to the tragic and stands among the best World War II films produced in the 1950s.
Plot Summary
Summary The crew of a World War II cargo ship comes to rely on the genial Mister Roberts to mediate the tantrums of an unqualified captain.
Mervyn LeRoy
John Ford
Henry Fonda
Cast & Crew
Frank S. Nugent - Screenplay
Franz Waxman - Original Music By
Henry Fonda - Actor
Jack Lemmon - Actor
Jack Murray - Editor
James Cagney - Actor
John Ford, et. al. - Director
Joshua Logan - Screenplay
Leland Hayward - Producer
Thomas Heggen - Based On Novel By
William Powell - Actor
Winton C. Hoch - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1955
Catalog ID 73635
UPC 00012569736351
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.55:1
Nominee (1956) British Academy Awards, Jack Lemmon, Best Foreign Actor,Oscar, land Hayward, Best Picture,Oscar, William A. Mueller, Best Sound, Recording
Winner (1956) Oscar, Jack Lemmon, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review Given that this movie was itself based on a long-running Broadway production (with Henry Fonda in the title role there, as well), it should not come as much of a surprise that this movie is a pure acting gold mine. If I have to convince you, I should only have to say the names Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James (Jimmy) Cagney, and William Powell and note that in Mister Roberts they are all in fine form...On the screen, the crew's cast of characters provides a vibrant human canvas for our central players to work upon, along with a variety of others (notably the contingent of distracting nurses and a laconic shore patrol officer who hails from Alabama).
Reviewer Nicholas Sylvain
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Fonda,Henry
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Crazy for Cinema ...this film was a pure delight and one everyone can enjoy.
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress Moving, funny film version of the play.

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