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TCM Greatest Classic Films: Stars & Stripes Comedy - Mister Roberts/No Time for Sergeants [2 Discs] [DVD] [1955]

  • SKU: 24836514
  • Release Date: 04/29/2014
  • Rating: NR
This double-feature of Hollywood films that find humor in military life includes Mister Roberts and No Time for Sergeants.

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    Mister Roberts
    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

    Cast & Crew

    • Henry Fonda
      Henry Fonda - Lt. Doug Roberts
    • James Cagney
      James Cagney - Captain Morion
    • William Powell
      William Powell - Doc
    • Jack Lemmon
      Jack Lemmon - Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
    • Betsy Palmer
      Betsy Palmer - Lt. Ann Girard

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Two classics.

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      No Time For Sergeants is flat out funny. Watching Andy drive his Drill Sergeant crazy is hilarious and so fun. Cameo by Don Knotts is terrific. Mister Roberts is more than a classic especially for anyone who has ever been in the military and has had a bad commander or anyone with a pencil pushing boss. Jack Lemmon and Henry Fonda show why they are legendary actors and John Ford why he’s the master director. You just can’t beat movies like these.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Two Classic Presentations

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      Mr. Roberts, played by Henry Fonda, is the story of the interaction and buffer by Mr. Roberts between the crew and the tyrannical captain ably played by James Cagney. This somewhat sad video is tempered by the antics of Jack Lemmon as Pulver. No Time for Sergeants is a comedy that pokes good natured fun at a backwoods boy, played by Andy Griffith, and his experience drafted into the army. The army is not ready for Will Stockdale (Griffith) and his patriotic good intentions.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A classic!

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      Even though it was before my time, this movie was one of the first movies I watched when I was a kid. Everyone works great together in this movie and James Cagney is AWESOME! Teaches some memorable lessons about life, death, and how it's ok to challenge authority, even in the military.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old is better

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      Movies made at an earlier time were much better that many that are made today. No fancy computer graphics but just good acting and story lines.

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