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Director: Mervyn LeRoy John Ford     Starring: Henry Fonda
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202730112
UPC: 012569736351
UPC 14: 00012569736351
Rating: NR
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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.

"...this film was a pure delight and one everyone can enjoy.  Crazy for Cinema
"Moving, funny film version of the play.  Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/19/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1955
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 73635
Video UPC UPC: 00012569736351
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.55:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Henry Fonda
Video Cast Info Jack Lemmon
Video Cast Info James Cagney
Video Cast Info William Powell
Video Cast Info Frank S. Nugent - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Franz Waxman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jack Murray - Editor
Video Cast Info John Ford, et. al. - Director
Video Cast Info Joshua Logan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Leland Hayward - Producer
Video Cast Info Thomas Heggen - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Winton C. Hoch - Cinematographer
Plot 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.


Nominee (1956)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Jack Lemmon, Best Foreign Actor

Winner (1956)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jack Lemmon, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominee (1956)
   Video Award Name Oscar, land Hayward, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, William A. Mueller, Best Sound, Recording

Professional Reviews

DVD Verdict 9 of 10
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). - Nicholas Sylvain

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Fonda,Henry
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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