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film was made between WWII and Korea
My opinion of War Films is they can be used for propaganda. Get the boys out to enlist. I watched this as a Viet Nam vet, a different war and time. The film has most of the military humor caused by boredom, and the things you do to fight going crazy. It also has the crazy people whose rank gives them power over your life that they otherwise would not have. Although I was not drafted, I was an Air Force "volunteer". Caught between going to Canada, and doing my duty, I have a major problem with Fonda's character. My philosophy in life, is doing ones duty in a safe and dry place is OK. Volunteering to put your life in jeopardy is nuts. I was Mr. Roberts, I would not have made a career of trying to get out of the crap all of us experience, but put up with. Better to have a to serve under Captain Cagney than pine for duty in a combat zone. If it were not for Jack Lemmon's character, I would give this film 2 stars. Lemmon's character is more realistic. I was more like he was, and so were most of the men I served with. Most Officers, and I was one, do not have the unrealistic bond between the enlisted men. That was another piece missing from those who loved this film. And finally, perhaps in honor of Wm Powell's legacy, he was great, however, cargo ships, to my limited knowledge of the Navy, do not have doctors on the crew, and certainly not the age Powell actually was.
- Michael Whitty
A war story about a ship that doesn't see much war and its men get a little disturbed. But these men are loveable and interesting. Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for his role as Ensign Pulver who has some misadventures with everyone. Henry Fonda played Mister Roberts on the stage and recreates his role entertainingly. James Cagney as the captain who tries to enforce some strange things to create interest. But this is the Navy in World War II even if ship life gets a little mischievous. This cargo ship had some winners on board that keeps it afloat though no shots were fired.
Comedy and Tragedy
This is one of the best WWII movies ever. If you are a vet, you can understand the boredom of the crew, the stupid things they do to have fun, as well as the horror of learning your good friend has been killed. Much more realistic than non-veterans would imagine.
- kevin sellers
Sandwiched as he is in between such brilliant actors as Cagney, Fonda, and Powell (to mention nothing of Ward Bond) I can almost swallow Jack Lemmon, without indigestion. Almost. Give it a B.
I first saw this film in 1955, when it first came out. I was in the fifth grade; loved it then. I've sen it several tines since then, loving it so much each time. What a marvelously, well-done, well-acted, well-directed, and well-photographed film. Please keep showing this film. Thank you, TCM.
Not Your Average War Movie
- Dear Pippo
This movie has John Ford written all over it. Expect to see many of the John Ford Stock Company including Harry Carey, Jr., Ken Curtis, and other recognizable faces. William Powell is superb in his role as the ship's doctor and philosopher. The role of Mr. Roberts was tailor made for Henry Fonda. He fills the role with the same charisma as he did in Twelve Angry Men. No one but James Cagney could have played the captain, and only Jack Lemmon could have played the manic Ensign Pulver. No wonder the Academy gave him an Oscar for the performance.
- Dashiell Barnes
A great WWII dramadey. Veterans Fonda, Cagney & Powell give excellent performances, but Lemmon steals the show & an Academy Award for his stand-out supporting performance. Finely adapted from the Broadway play starring Fonda, brilliantly written, adding humour to the sombre theme of men at war. A nice, entertaining film that'll make viewers laugh. I give it a 4.5/5.
Jack Lemmon at his best
Hilarious, sad and moving, this is one of my all time favorite movies. I can watch it every time its on.
- frank filippi
Although a great comedy, I believe it's a true story of what happens to men mentally who are inactive. These guys on the ship went crazy simply because they had nothing to do. In other words better to risk your life than to be idle. I'm going to watch it again. Cagney and Fonda are great.
The Greatest Generation
My father served on a troop transport, the Henry T. Allen, in the southwest Pacific. Whenever I see this film I think of him and the millions of others that put their lives on hold and then in jeopardy for our nation. I never heard the whole story but some of his liberty adventures in Brisbane equalled those in the film. Thank you the Greatest Generation
See this movie - on the double!
Mister Roberts is on my short list of movies I'll watch any time they're on. Cagney is just wonderful as the apoplectic captain, but William Powell simply steals the show with a polished performance that sadly was his last. It's great fun all around - don't miss it.
Seems the 1955 version was cut about thirty minutes the sometime around the late 1970's, possibly for pc. Now missing are many of the crew liberty scenes from on shore: the dance brawl, etc.; and the virgin sailor's evening with his date on beach. Later scenes missed include the captain going ashore for a replacement palm tree and the captain's forgery party. While not influential to minors, whittling down the movie thirty minutes seems to have only reduced its character.
Mister Roberts Stands Alone
@ops1: Never confuse the film "Mister Roberts" with its lame reworking as a later film, "Ensign Pulver". The latter is the film you are remembering. There was never any surgical operation by anyone in "Mister Roberts". Finally, please note that James Cagney and Burl Ives neither look nor sound alike. :D I've loved this film since the first time I saw it on television, and have watched it countless times. The version on TV and on VHS, though, used a different march in the scene where Mister Roberts, shown listening to radio announcement of the end of the war in Europe, jumps up, marches to the palm tree and chucks it overboard. I realize the march now heard on TCM and on the DVD is the theatrical version, but I sure do miss the one I grew up hearing. I wonder if it's on the DVD as some kind of alternate scene/extra audio choice?
I loved this movie BUT they deleted a big portion of it. when I watched it on TV back in the day it have the kulliver & the captain on an island and they had to radio the doc on the ship because the captian apendix ruptured or something like that and the ensine had to due the surgery on the island via radio, on the captain . Any way they got the captain real drunk and followed the dr's orders and did the surgery--- to make a along story short-- thats when the ensine puts the marbles into the captian's belly before he sewed him up. later the captain kept pressing on his side and couldn't figure out what the clattering was, now that was the big finale piece of this comedy, back then. When I watch this movie, all of that is not in it, they cut it out This was disappointing for me. If I know that I wouldn't have bought this movie if I had know that. If any one knows where i can get an original with these senes in it I would reall appreciate it.
Mister Roberts (1955)
This is a good example of how the cast can make a film truly great - Jack Lemmon in an Oscar winning role, Henry Fonda, James Cagney and William Powell are all outstanding. Superbly directed, the writing is magnificent. Funny,m touching and unforgettable.
- Richard Matuszewski
Truly a treasure! The cast is superb! It's beautifully written and directed! I enjoy it more each time I see it.
Cagney and Powell: A Pair of Greats
This movie suffers from a malady common to stage plays adapted to film: it often feels as if it is still on a live stage. I find that disconcerting and a bit uncomfortable. Nonetheless, Fonda and Lemmon have their worthy moments onscreen. Cagney is commendable in an unlikable role. The few times I've had issues with a Cagney performance have been in roles such as this. Dare I say he tends to play the angry curmudgeon a bit over the top. I think he manages to keep it reined in here, though. William Powell is a genuine treat in his final screen appearance.
Cagney made it Worthwhile
Cagney made the movie worthwhile for me. The others, I didn't find particularly exciting... I found Fonda bland, Lemmon acceptable, Cagney (I'm biased) made the picture, and attractive as ever.