Mister Roberts (1955)

A hilarious and heartfelt military comedy-drama co-directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, Mister Roberts stars Henry Fonda as an officer who's yearning for battle but is stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a noncommissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Capt. Morton (James Cagney). Jack Lemmon enjoys a star-making turn as the freewheeling Ensign Pulver, and William Powell stars as the ship's doctor in his last screen role. Based on the 1946 novel with the same name, by Thomas Heggen, and the 1948 Broadway play, written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan. Henry Fonda also starred in the original Broadway production. Warner Bros. didn't want Fonda to star in the film, as they thought he was too old, and had been a stage player for so long (8 years), that he no longer was box office material. However, John Ford insisted on Fonda and the company eventually agreed.

Directing:
  • John Ford
  • Mervyn LeRoy
  • Joshua Logan

Writing:
  • Frank S. Nugent
  • Joshua Logan
  • Thomas Heggen

Stars:
Release Date: 1955-07-13
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 123
William Powell
William Powel...
Lt. 'Doc'
Ken Curtis
Ken Curtis
Yeoman 3rd Class Dolan
Ward Bond
Ward Bond
Chief Petty Officer Dowdy
Patrick Wayne
Patrick Wayne
Bookser
Nick Adams
Nick Adams
Reber
Perry Lopez
Perry Lopez
Rodrigues
Betsy Palmer
Betsy Palmer
Lt. Ann Girard
James Cagney
James Cagney
Capt. Morton
Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
Mister Roberts
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Harry Carey, Jr.
Harry Carey,...
Stefanowski
Philip Carey
Philip Carey
Mannion
Frank Aletter
Frank Aletter
Gerhart
Tige Andrews
Tige Andrews
Wiley
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