Mister Roberts is aboard a US cargo ship, working in the Pacific during the Second World War. He'd do anything to leave the quiet of the ship to join in the "action". Trouble is, the captain of the ship, is a bit of a tyrant, and isn't willing to sign Roberts' transfer requests. Also on board is Ensign Pulver, who avoids work as best he can, whilst living off the riches of his buying and selling. Roberts and the crew are in constant battle, even over the smallest of disagreements.
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Did You Know?
The USS Hewell (AG-145), the ship utilized as the Reluctant, was NOT an LCM but an "AG", a small backwaters naval cargo ship. See more
When Mister Roberts finally leaves the U.S.S. Reluctant by seaplane, the plane makes a 180 degree turn to the left and makes a close fly-by along the starboard side of the ship. This shot was not taken from the plane; it was taken from a camera boat passing the ship. You can see the wake from this boat at the left side of the screen as it meets the side of the Reluctant at the waterline. See more
Lt. j.g. Douglas A. Roberts
[Pulver is expecting the company of a woman. Roberts reads out the embroidered words on one of Pulver's pillows in dismay
Tonight or never. Compliments of The American Harvester Company. We plough deep while others sleep.
The seven top-billed actors listed in the opening credits are not listed with the other players in the end credits. See more
Television and the standard VHS prints substitute a different march that is played over the loudspeakers during the scene where Henry Fonda is listening to the VE Day celebrations and throws the captain's palm tree overboard. Also eliminated is the voice-over of Fonda humming the march as he walks up the gang ladder leaving the scene. See more
If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight
Music by James P. Johnson
Words by Henry Creamer
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
Sung, hummed and whistled by Jack Lemmon
throughout film (uncredited) See more