1. I’m so glad you highlighted Mister Roberts’ flaws, as I’ve always struggled with this film. Fonda, Lemmon, and Powell really do carry this, but even that is still kinda cringey. I do wonder what Ford was thinking when he was directing this. Was it rushed to complete for another film? That’s how it felt to me anyway!

  2. Leah,

    Fun article! I have to say, though, I’d put Jack Lemmon in the “ham” category on this one too… It’s Powell and Fonda who keep me watching. And it’s a shame because I absolutely adore James Cagney. But whoa. He really was misdirected here.

    Best as always,


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