Mister Roberts

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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.

  1. Joshua Logan

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Thomas Heggen


  3. Frank S. Nugent


  4. Mervyn LeRoy


  5. John Ford


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  1. Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda

    Mister Roberts

  2. James Cagney

    James Cagney

    Capt. Morton

  3. William Powell

    William Powell

    Lt. 'Doc'

  4. Jack Lemmon

    Jack Lemmon

    Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver

  5. Betsy Palmer

    Betsy Palmer

    Lt. Ann Girard

  6. Ward Bond

    Ward Bond

    Chief Petty Officer Dowdy

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 3m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • July 13, 1955



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