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.
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.
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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>
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 »
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 »
[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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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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