Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis –This sequel to Mister Roberts (1955) continues the story of the men on the USS Reluctant a cargo ship resupplying the US fleet during the final days of WWII.
My Take on it – This movie is a perfect example of the fact that even back the 60’s, Hollywood made sequels to try and make more money even if the story isn’t as good as the original.
When I watched Mister Roberts (1955) a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The story was interesting and what is more important is that the characters were well developed and appealing.
This movie has some of the same characters, but they aren’t as developed as they were in the previous movie, but they are still done well.
The cast is more than ok, but once again when comparing it to the original, they pale in comparison. Robert Walker is no Jack Lemmon, Burl Ives is no James Cagney and even the great Walther Matthau is no William Powell.
I think this is a very good movie, but it loses some of it’s impact when compared to the original, but as a stand alone could be seen as being even better. It also lack a powerhouse lead like Henry Fonda was in Mister Roberts (1955)
Look for small roles by 3 future famous actors: Jack Nicholson, Larry Hagman and James Coco all play seamen on the ship.
Bottom Line – A very good movie which loses some of it’s impact when compared to the original movie that this is a sequel to. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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