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Ensign Pulver (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 31 July 1964 (USA)
Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives, and one very big case of appendicitis.

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Joshua Logan

Writers:

Thomas Heggen (based on a play by), Joshua Logan (based on a play by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Walker Jr. ... Ensign Frank Pulver (as Robert Walker)
Burl Ives ... Captain Morton
Walter Matthau ... Doc
Tommy Sands ... Bruno
Millie Perkins ... Scotty
Kay Medford ... Head Nurse
Larry Hagman ... Billings
Peter Marshall ... Carney (as Peter L. Marshall)
Joseph Marr Joseph Marr ... Dowdy
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... LaSueur (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Diana Sands ... Mila
Robert Matek Robert Matek ... Stretch
Jack Nicholson ... Yeoman Dolan
Al Freeman Jr. ... Taru
Dick Gautier ... Stefanowski (as Richard Gautier)
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Storyline

1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of miles away from the front. In one word: he drives his crew crazy. They are near mutiny, but no-one dares to do the first step. Until Ensign Pulver plays a prank on the captain that triggers fatal consequences... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Following in the hilarious fun-steps of "Mister Roberts"

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Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Pulver and the Captain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co'stars Walter Matthau and Jack Nicholson would twice find themselves Oscar-nominated against each other for the Best Actor Academy Award in the future. In 1971, Matthau was nominated for 'Kotch' while Nicholson was nominated for 'Five Easy Pieces' (the winner, however, was Gene Hackman in 'The French Connection'). In 1974, Matthau was nominated for 'The Sunshine Boys' while Nicholson was nominated and won for 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' Similarly, Nicholson and co-star Jimmy Coco were up against each other for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1981. Nicholson was nominated for 'Reds' while Coco was nominated for 'Only When I Laugh.' The winner that year, however, was John Geilgud for 'Arthur.' See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the scene where Captain Morton and Ensign Pulver are adrift and Morton begins telling the story of when his wife left him, a boat is visible on the horizon. See more »

Quotes

Doc: [Saying a mock prayer as Ens. Pulver goes ashore, hopefully to bring back some bottles of scotch] Oh, Bacchus, God of Alcohol, coordinate Frank Pulver and glue him together for one day, please.
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Features The Walking Dead (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Sentimental Journey
(uncredited)
Music by Les Brown and Ben Homer
Lyrics by Bud Green
Sung with revised lyrics by the sailors at the beginning
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major lame-o
19 October 2004 | by march9hareSee all my reviews

We remember the hype about this film : "You'll be Pulver-ized with laughter!!!" Umm. . .NOT!! This seadog of a movie has none of the wit or pathos of "Mister Roberts", it's progenitor. Burl Ives does his level best to save this loser, but his efforts are torpedoed by Robert Walker Jr as Pulver, a pale imitation of Jack Lemmon. For our money, Walker was at his best as a barely recognizable hippie in "Easy Rider", or possibly as a product demonstrator in toy commercials for Milton-Bradley, but never, ever as a junior officer in the Navy. Or the Army either, for that matter. This film was billed as a comedy/drama, but fails miserably as either. The jokes aren't funny, and the alleged drama is hopelessly contrived, such as when Walker and Ives, mortal enemies, are adrift together in a small boat. Oh, can't you just reach out and touch the tension? This movie is essentially an endurance test, and should be required viewing for prospective telemarketers. You, on the other hand, should avoid it at all costs.


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