Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts

Director: Melvin Bernhardt

Cast: Melvin Bernhardt, Robert Hays, Charles Durning, Kevin Bacon

     
 

A Navy lieutenant longing to see some real wartime action enters into a battle of wills with the tyrannical ship captain in this live television production of playwright Joshua Logan's Tony Award-winning Broadway play. The year is 1945. War is raging in the Pacific, and Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays) is torn between his devotion to serving his country, and his duty to…  See more details below

Overview

A Navy lieutenant longing to see some real wartime action enters into a battle of wills with the tyrannical ship captain in this live television production of playwright Joshua Logan's Tony Award-winning Broadway play. The year is 1945. War is raging in the Pacific, and Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays) is torn between his devotion to serving his country, and his duty to serve his men. Lt. Roberts longs to see some real action, though the navy cargo ship he is sailing on couldn't be in more peaceful waters. As the eager lieutenant locks horns with his stubborn and unflinching Captain (Charles Durning), it quickly becomes apparent that not even the support of Ensign Pulver (Kevin Bacon) and Doc (Howard Hessman) will help in convincing the bull-headed Captain to change course and sail his crew into battle. As a result, Lt. Roberts finds himself in the precarious position of wanting to help his fellow countrymen win the war while simultaneously respecting the orders of his superiors.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Reprising the role he made famous in Joshua Logan’s Broadway smash, Henry Fonda stars in Mister Roberts, an almost perfect comedic drama distinguished by bright scripting, unobtrusively effective direction, and superb playing by a marvelous ensemble cast. The story takes place during World War II, largely aboard an American cargo ship where patriotic officer Fonda laments that he’s not seeing action. Additionally, he’s tormented by James Cagney, as the boorish, irascible Captain Morion, a career hack who bullies all his subordinates in general and Fonda in particular. Former leading man William Powell sparkles as a wryly philosophical doctor who commiserates with Fonda, and Jack Lemmon very nearly steals the picture with his dynamic portrayal of the crafty, opportunistic Ensign Pulver, whose schemes precipitate some of the film’s most memorable sequences. The adaptation by Logan and Frank Nugent retains much of the stage show’s snappy dialogue, and Fonda predictably brings his ineffable charm and quiet dignity to the title role (reportedly his favorite). Direction began under John Ford (The Searchers), who quarreled incessantly with the star and was eventually replaced by Mervyn LeRoy (I Am a Fugitive from the Chain Gang) with no apparent detriment to the final product. No other film better chronicles the lighter side of World War II, making Mister Roberts unique among movies set during that tumultuous conflict. The DVD includes a commentary by Jack Lemmon, relevant excerpts from the documentary Fonda on Fonda, nine theatrical trailers, production notes, and footage from Ed Sullivan's TV tribute to the stage show.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
UPC:
0054961811991
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Acorn Media
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

Background essay "Mister Roberts on Stage and Screen" ; Cast filmographies

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mister Roberts
1. Opening Credits [1:16]
2. Act 1: Scene 1: Just After Dawn [14:50]
3. Act 1: Scene 2: Ensign Pulver [16:37]
4. Act 1: Scene 3: Fresh Fruit [9:33]
5. Act 1: Scene 4: Miss Girard Arrives [7:18]
6. Act 1: Scene 5: Approaching Elysium [3:23]
7. Act 1: Scene 6: The Captain's Cabin [7:48]
8. Act 2: Scene 1: Back From Leave [9:21]
9. Act 2: Scene 2: Kicked Out of Port [4:08]
10. Act 2: Scene 3: V-E Day [11:28]
11. Act 2: Scene 4: The Palm Tree [8:17]
12. Act 2: Scene 5: Order of the Palm [9:50]
13. Act 2: Scene 6: Mail Call [8:25]

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