Mister Roberts (1955)
Director: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy , Joshua Logan (uncredited)
Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent and Joshua Logan based on the play by Thomas Heggen and
Joshua Logan from the novel by Thomas Heggen
Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Nick Adams, Ken Curtis, Harry Carey, Jr. and Patrick Wayne
The Pitch: “Let’s turn the Broadway Play ‘Mister Roberts’ into a movie!’”
Tagline: The Six-Year Stage Smash on the Screen!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Easy-going Lt. Roberts (Fonda) has done such a great job acting as a buffer between the tyrannical Captain Morton (Cagney) and his men that every attempt to get into the action of WWII has been stopped. Yet the fallout from the men’s last leave may finally get Roberts his wish.
Mister Roberts is one of those movies that most folks like better than me, so as always, your mileage may vary.