Ensign Pulver (1964)

104 mins | Comedy-drama | 1964

Director:

Joshua Logan

Producer:

Joshua Logan

Cinematographer:

Charles Lawton

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Mexico City and Acapulco. Working title: Mr. Pulver and the Captain . Sequel to Mister Roberts (Warner Bros., ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Mexico City and Acapulco. Working title: Mr. Pulver and the Captain . Sequel to Mister Roberts (Warner Bros., 1955). More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Men's ward
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Tech dir
Dial supv
Prop master
Gaffer
Head grip
Stills
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Mister Roberts by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan (New York, 18 Feb 1948), which was based on the novel Mister Roberts by Heggen (Boston, 1946).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mr. Pulver and the Captain
Premiere Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio, opening: 29 June 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
27 June 1964
Copyright Number:
LP29441
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
104
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Morale aboard a U. S. Navy cargo ship worsens when the hated Captain Morton refuses Bruno, a radio operator, permission to attend the funeral of his infant daughter. Later, Bruno tries to kill the captain, but Ensign Pulver wrests the gun from him, and the captain falls overboard during the fight. Pulver grudgingly dives in after him and maneuvers him into a life raft, but they are separated from the ship when a storm arises and presumed lost. Meanwhile, the ship's doctor institutes a new regime; he grants Bruno a shore leave, and morale picks up. On the life raft, the captain becomes ill, and as his condition worsens he becomes delerious. He reveals his past, which he believes causes his antisocial, brutish behavior, while Pulver takes notes. They land on a small island, and there Pulver, working under radioed instructions from the ship's doctor, performs an appendectomy on the captain. When they are returned to the ship, the captain becomes tyrannical again, but Pulver reveals that he knows enough about the captain's past to institute serious action against him, and he threatens to do so unless the captain has himself transferred to another ship. The captain agrees, and Pulver becomes a hero to the ... +


Morale aboard a U. S. Navy cargo ship worsens when the hated Captain Morton refuses Bruno, a radio operator, permission to attend the funeral of his infant daughter. Later, Bruno tries to kill the captain, but Ensign Pulver wrests the gun from him, and the captain falls overboard during the fight. Pulver grudgingly dives in after him and maneuvers him into a life raft, but they are separated from the ship when a storm arises and presumed lost. Meanwhile, the ship's doctor institutes a new regime; he grants Bruno a shore leave, and morale picks up. On the life raft, the captain becomes ill, and as his condition worsens he becomes delerious. He reveals his past, which he believes causes his antisocial, brutish behavior, while Pulver takes notes. They land on a small island, and there Pulver, working under radioed instructions from the ship's doctor, performs an appendectomy on the captain. When they are returned to the ship, the captain becomes tyrannical again, but Pulver reveals that he knows enough about the captain's past to institute serious action against him, and he threatens to do so unless the captain has himself transferred to another ship. The captain agrees, and Pulver becomes a hero to the crew. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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