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Mister Roberts

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Mister Roberts

Tagline – All the Uproarious Fun of the Smash Broadway Play!

Starring – Henry Fonda (Lt. JG Douglas A. ‘Doug’ Roberts), James Cagney (Capt. Morton), William Powell (Lt. ‘Doc’), Jack Lemmon (Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver), Betsy Palmer (Lt. Ann Girard).

Released – July, 1955

Directed By – John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy

Produced By – Warner Brothers, Orange

Distributed By – Warner Brothers

Description – Cargo officer Lt. JG Roberts is serving aboard the re-supply ship the USS Reluctant, in the Pacific, near the end of World War II. While the Germans have surrendered, and the war in Europe has ended, there is still a great deal of fighting in the Pacific.

Lt. Roberts has repeatedly requested a transfer in order to join the action, but Capt. Morton knows he has the best supply officer in the service and refuses to sign Robert’s transfer orders. While Roberts relationship with the captain is testy, he has an excellent relationship with the zany crew of the Reluctant.

Capt. Morgan has refused, for the past year, to allow his crew any shore leave, and Roberts in order to get some leave for the crew, agrees to never again request a transfer. It seems that Lt. Roberts excellent performance just may play a role in a promotion for the Captain.

While Roberts is all about hard-work and efficiency, there is another side to this crew. Take Ensign Pulver for example, who avoids work at every opportunity and runs a very successful black-market buying and selling operation.

The shore leave for the men looks like it may be a big mistake. Once on shore the men are off and running, getting drunk, starting fights, crashing an embassy party, and more often than not, having to be returned to the ship by the Army’s military police.

This is only the beginning as the theft of a motorcycle, the ship’s secretary, and even a goat belonging to the Admiral come into play. Why all the bad behavior by the crew? They think Lt. Roberts has been a little too friendly to their tyrant of a captain and this is a betrayal of their trust.

After Capt. Morgan is given a good tongue-lashing by the Admiral for the trouble and embarrassment to the Navy caused by the crews behavior, the Capt. is furious at Roberts and has him sent to the captains quarters.

While there Capt. Morgan angrily berates Roberts without realizing that a microphone is on and the entire crew can hear the conversation. The crew now realize that Lt. Roberts acted in their behalf in order to get them some shore leave…and comic revenge on the captain is now the order of the day.

NOTABLE: Mister Roberts won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Lemmon), and was also nominated for Best Picture, and Best Sound, Recording.

Henry Fonda was the choice of director John Ford for the role of Lt. JG ‘Doug’ Roberts. Warner Brothers originally wanted William Holden or Marlon Brando for the role believing Fonda to have been on stage and off the screen for too long to provide much box office appeal. But, it was Fonda who won a Tony Award for playing the role on stage.

John Ford, who could be a very difficult director, was replaced with Mervyn LeRoy after reportedly clashing with Henry Fonda and punching him in the jaw.

The filming of Mister Roberts was the beginning of a long-time friendship between James Cagney and Jack Lemmon which lasted until Cagney’s death.

Mister Roberts was the final film for popular actor William Powell who had begun to develop health issues that caused him great difficulty remembering his lines. The part of Doc was originally offered to Spencer Tracy who declined the role.

Personal Note: This is a very entertaining comedy-drama  with a sparkling performance by Jack Lemmon. One which would lead him on the road to stardom.

It Should Happen to You

Monday, December 20th, 2010

It Should Happen To You

Tagline –  In ‘Born Yesterday’ I got two mink coats – this time I get everything!

Starring – Judy Holliday (Gladys Glover), Peter Lawford (Evan Adams III), Jack Lemmon (Pete Sheppard), Michael O’Shea (Brod Clinton).

Released – January, 1954

Directed By – George Cukor

Produced By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Columbia Pictures

Description – Gladys Glover yearns for fame, but so far things are just not working out. In fact, Gladys has just lost her modeling job because her hip size is 3/4″ too large.

Pete Sheppard is a documentary filmmaker taking some shots in Central Park when he come across Gladys, who is feeding some pigeons. Pete introduces himself to Gladys and as the pair talk two things come into focus.

Pete is smitten, and Gladys wants nothing more than to make a name for herself. Pete manages to get her address by promising to show her a copy of his film that will include his meeting with her.

The two part and, while wandering around, Gladys sees a vacant billboard and imagines her name up there for all to see. In an effort to gain some attention she decides to use most of her savings in order to place her name on the billboard.

A little advertising confusion results in the name Gladys Glover showing up on multiple billboards around the city. A little attention turns into a frenzy of attention as New Yorker’s wonder just who this woman is and why is her name all over the city?

After being identified and recognized while shopping, the public’s curiosity turns to clamor as people ask for her autograph and Gladys is asked to appear on television shows. It isn’t long before the publicity begins to turn unpleasant.

Evan Adams III, the owner of the Adams Soap Company, decides that he can use the public’s fascination with Gladys to his own advantage.

An attempt at seduction follows and the relationship between Gladys and the smitten Pete becomes strained. Returning to her room, Glady’s finds a film on a projector ready to view. It’s from Pete…and it’s a goodbye.

NOTABLE: It Should Happen To You received an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

This motion picture provided the first screen appearance for aspiring young actor Jack Lemmon who would go on to become a Hollywood legend.