Mister Roberts Overview:

Mister Roberts (1955) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by John Ford and Joshua Logan and produced by Leland Hayward.

The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Stage Play written by Thomas Heggen published in 1946 (novel); Feb 18, 1948 - Jan 6, 1951 (play performed at Alvin Theatre, NY) .

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorJack LemmonWon
Best PictureLeland Hayward, ProducerNominated
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Mister Roberts (1955)

By Beatrice on Feb 3, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Mister?Roberts Directed by John Ford and Mervyn Leroy Written by Frank S. Nugent and Joshua Logan from the play by Logan and Thomas Heggen and the novel by Heggen 1955/USA Warner Bros./Orange Repeat viewing/Netflix This is pretty funny until it turns dark and features an all-star cast. Mr. Rober... Read full article


Mister Roberts (1955)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 18, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring an all star cast including Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, and Jack Lemmon, this comedy-drama chronicles the happenings on an unimportant boat during World War II. Mr. Roberts (Fonda) is one of the officers on The Reluctant and he is good to his men but constantly at odds with th... Read full article


Mister Roberts (1955)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 18, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring an all star cast including Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, and Jack Lemmon, this comedy-drama chronicles the happenings on an unimportant boat during World War II. Mr. Roberts (Fonda) is one of the officers on The Reluctant and he is good to his men but constantly at odds with th... Read full article


A Strange Mess: Mister Roberts

By Judy on Jul 10, 2014 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

This is a contribution to the John Ford blogathon sponsored by Christianne Benedict at Krell Laboratories. Check out all the marvelous entries! Punching his leading man. Drinking on the set. Quitting the production after being hospitalized. The tales of John Ford?s behavior on Mister Roberts aren?t ... Read full article


Movie Review: Mister Roberts (1955)

By Wade Sheeler on Aug 9, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

Mister Roberts airs August 11th on TCM as part of the Summer Under the Stars Celebration: Spotlight on Henry Fonda. I?m surprised sometimes at the films I liked as a kid. Not because they no longer hold the appeal of my adult self, but because they?re the last type of film you?d think a kid would li... Read full article


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Quotes from

Reber: Say, Doc, when I woke up this morning, I had...
Lt. 'Doc': And remembered you were working cargo. Continue.
Reber: [holds his side] Honest, Doc, I couldn't even straighten up! I guess it's the old appendix again, huh, Doc?
Lt. 'Doc': That appendix of yours certainly gets around, Reber. Now it's on the wrong side. Two aspirin, marked for duty. Next.
Reber: Aspirin? For a floatin' appendix, Doc?
Lt. 'Doc': Yes, it's the latest thing. I'll have one with you.


Chief Petty Officer Dowdy: [Referring to the letter from Forney] Could I have that, I'd like to post it for the crew.
Lt. 'Doc': [Referring to the letter from Roberts] No, post this one. It's theirs.


Capt. Morton: [on the loudspeaker in reference to his "missing" palm tree... ] All right! Who did it? Who did it? You are going to stand sweating at those battle stations until someone confesses! It's an insult to the honor of this ship! The symbol of our cargo record has been destroyed and I'm going to find out who did it if it takes all night!


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Facts about

Both Marlon Brando and William Holden turned down the role of Mr. Roberts.
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 12 seconds
Before shooting the scene where Pulver identifies himself and tells the Captain that he's been on the ship for "14months, sir", James Cagney realized that he would have to rehearse the moment with Jack Lemmon again and again so he wouldn't burst out laughing during the actual filming. Lemmon agreed, and when the scene was filmed Cagney claimed he was just barely able to hang on with a straight face, even after all the rehearsal time.
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