Mister Roberts

  • U
  • John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy (1955)
  • US
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

This magnificent adaptation of the hit Broadway comedy sees Henry Fonda returning to the screen after a long absence to re-create his stage role as a supply-ship officer who longs to be part of the action during the Second World War. Fonda clashed with original director John Ford over how to play the part, which led to director Mervyn LeRoy taking over, but the transfer was seamless and the qualities of the play were retained. The film has a cast to die for: James Cagney as the captain, William Powell (his last movie appearance) as the wise old doc, and young Jack Lemmon, winning his first Oscar, as the brash, irresistible and irrepressible Ensign Pulver. The mixture of sentiment and comedy may be a little hard to take today, but in a small world where memories of war were all too recent, this work had the ring of truth.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning comedy drama starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon. The second-in-command of a small US Navy supply ship in the war-torn South Pacific dreams of action, but his tyrannical captain constantly thwarts his ambitions.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lieutenant Doug Roberts
Henry Fonda
Captain
James Cagney
Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Jack Lemmon
Doc
William Powell
Lieutenant Ann Girard
Betsy Palmer
Chief Petty Officer Dowdy
Ward Bond
Mannion
Philip Carey
Dolan
Ken Curtis
Stefanowski
Harry Carey Jr
Gerhart
Frank Aletter
Reber
Nick Adams

Crew

Director
John Ford
Director
Mervyn LeRoy

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Available on video
Certificate U
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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