"Mister Roberts" [videorecording] /
by Ford, John; LeRoy, Mervyn; Nugent, Frank S; Logan, Joshua; Hayward, Leland; Fonda, Henry; Cagney, James; Powell, William; Lemmon, Jack; Palmer, Betsy; Bond, Ward; Carey, Philip; Heggen, Thomas; Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967); Orange (Firm); Warner Home Video (Firm).Material type: Visual materialPublisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Pictures : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2005, c1955Description: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 141981768X:; 9781419817687.Language note: In English or dubbed French with optional subtitles in English or French; closed-captioned.Title notes: $14.99 7/5/2011 (cc)Other title: Mr. Roberts.Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Sailors -- Drama | World War, 1939-1945 -- Drama | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American -- Drama | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean -- Drama | War films | Comedy films | Feature films | Film adaptations | Fiction films | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | Comedy films | War films
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Henry Fonda returned to films after an eight-year absence in this masterful adaptation of the actor's Broadway hit Mister Roberts. Written and partially directed by Joshua Logan, the film stars Fonda as Lt. Doug Roberts, chief cargo officer of the supply ship "Reluctant." WW2 is in its last few months, and Roberts is itching for combat duty. But the Reluctant's surly, despotic captain (James Cagney), anxious to use Roberts to expedite his own promotion, refuses to sign any of Roberts' transfer requests. Helping to brighten Mister Roberts' humdrum existence are his best friends, Ensign Frank Pulver (Jack Lemmon, in an Oscar-winning performance) and the ship's philosophical doctor (William Powell, in his final film appearance). Most of the laughs are provided by Pulver, officer "in charge of laundry and morale." When he isn't wheeling and dealing to bring a bevy of beautiful nurses on board the Reluctant, Pulver is concocting elaborate schemes to avenge himself against the Captain -- even though he's spent 14 months on the Reluctant without ever meeting his nemesis. The film's highlights include the efforts by Roberts, Pulver, and Doc to mix a bottle of Scotch from Coca-Cola, Iodine, and other vital ingredients; and Mister Roberts' (and later Ensign Pulver's) assertion of manhood by tossing the Captain's precious palm tree overboard. Halfway through shooting, legendary director John Ford was replaced, ostensibly because of illness, by Mervyn LeRoy. One of the finest service comedies ever made, Mister Roberts spawned a less amusing sequel, Ensign Pulver (1964), as well as a 1965 TV sitcom. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital surround 5.1, Dolby Digital mono; letterboxed presentation preserving the aspect ratio of its original Cinemascope theatrical exhibition, 2.55:1.
In English or dubbed French with optional subtitles in English or French; closed-captioned.
Based on the play by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan from the novel by Thomas Heggen as produced on the stage by Leland Hayward.
Double-sided disc includes widescreen film (side one) and special features (side two).
Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Phil Carey; the crew: Nick Adams, Ken Curtis, Harry Carey, Jr., Frank Aletter, Fritz Ford, Buck Kartatian, William Henry, William Hudson, Stubby Kruger, Harry Tenbrook, Perry Lopez, Robert Roark, Pat Wayne, Tiger Andrews, Jim Maloney, Denny Niles, Francis Connor, Shug Fisher, Danny Borzage, Jim Murphy; the nurses: Kathleen O'Malley, Maura Murphy, Mimi Doyle, Jeanne Murray, Lonnie Pierce; Martin Milner, Gregory Walcott, James Flavin, Jack Pennick, Duke Kahanamoko.
Director of photography, Winton Hoch ; film editor, Jack Murray ; music composed and conducted by Franz Waxman ; art director, Art Loel ; technical advisors John Dale Price, Merle MacBain.
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1955.
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video rating: 14A.
A comedy-drama about life aboard a Navy cargo ship in Pacific waters during the waning days of World War II. In the Navy Register it is listed as 'The Reluctant,' but to its crew it is known as 'The Bucket.' The monotonous non-combat duty of a fun-loving crew is enlivened by a feud between the petty, intolerant martinet of a captain and an impetuous, highly-respected cargo officer whose continuous efforts to get a transfer to combat duty are blocked by the captain.
Dawn/reveille -- Latest letter -- Sick call -- Taking in the view -- Captain on deck -- Pulver and nurses -- Scotch recipe -- Challenge/Pulver -- Roberts wants in -- Firecracker idea -- Never getting off -- One of my officers? -- Harmless/visitors -- Welcome to Elysium -- Price of liberty -- Back from liberty -- Shoving off -- Changed Roberts -- Big bang V-E Day -- Cast out the enemy -- General alarm -- "Who did it?" -- Stabbed in back -- Doctor on double -- "Good night" -- Transfer day -- Thanks -- New cargo officer -- Order of the Palm -- Mail call -- Unseen enemy -- Sad news -- I, Pulver.
Special features, Side one: Commentary by Jack Lemmon [optional audio feature]; Cast & crew [text feature]; Behind the scenes [text feature]; Awards [text feature]; Side two: Ed Sullivan "Toast of the town" [featurette] (14 min.); Henry Fonda Kennedy Center Honors [featurette] (4 min.); Theatrical trailer (4 min.).
Winner, Best Supporting Actor: Jack Lemmon, 1955 Academy Awards.
$14.99 7/5/2011 (cc)