Ensign Pulver

Overview

The crew of the USS Reluctant is at it again in this comedy sequel to Mister Roberts. The story opens toward the end of WWII as the great ship drops her cargo at various island bases. Their captain is an unbending tyrant. Young Pulver aspires to become a doctor just like his hero and mentor, the ship's physician. A terrible storm erupts and the ruthless captain is knocked overboard by a rogue wave. Brave Pulver dives over to save the commander and together the two end up stranded on a deserted island. When the ...
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Overview

The crew of the USS Reluctant is at it again in this comedy sequel to Mister Roberts. The story opens toward the end of WWII as the great ship drops her cargo at various island bases. Their captain is an unbending tyrant. Young Pulver aspires to become a doctor just like his hero and mentor, the ship's physician. A terrible storm erupts and the ruthless captain is knocked overboard by a rogue wave. Brave Pulver dives over to save the commander and together the two end up stranded on a deserted island. When the captain suddenly doubles over with appendicitis it is up to Pulver to save him via a radio and the ship's doctor's instructions. Fortunately, it all comes out well in the end.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One would hope that, as a sequel to Mister Roberts, Ensign Pulver might carry with it some of that film's wit, liveliness and appeal. Unfortunately this isn't the case -- and to make matters worse, Pulver can't even carry with it Roberts' cast. One doesn't expect Henry Fonda to appear in the sequel, of course, but surely Jack Lemmon should be involved, or at least James Cagney or William Powell? But the answer is no, no and no to these questions. Lemmon's absence is most sorely felt, for he made the part something truly special; Robert Walker Jr. gives it the old college try, but inspiration not competence is needed here. Burl Ives is a poor substitute for Cagney, and only Walter Matthau -- so different from Powell, but that may actually work to his favor -- manages to give a performance that is memorable. Casting would matter a little less if the screenplay were really good, but this one is a feeble mess of clich├ęs and retreads, with little originality and no spark. (The same can be said for Joshua Logan's direction.) There is fun in spotting the likes of Jack Nicholson, James Coco and Larry Hagman in some small roles, but there's not really much here to entertain or even divert.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/2/2010
  • UPC: 883316231937
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,144

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burl Ives Captain
Walter Matthau Doc
Tommy Sands Bruno
Millie Perkins Scotty
Kay Medford Head Nurse
Larry Hagman Billings
Gerald O'Loughlin LaSueur
Al Freeman Jr. Taru
James Coco Skouras
Don Dorrell Payne
Peter Marshall Carney
Robert Matek Stretch
Diana Sands Mila
Joseph Marr Dowdy
James Farentino Insigna
George Lindsey Lindstrom
Jack Nicholson Dolan
Robert Walker Jr. Ensign Pulver
Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
George Duning Score Composer
Peter S. Feibleman Screenwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Kadish Associate Producer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
M.A. Merrick Sound/Sound Designer
William H. Reynolds Editor
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