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- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
John Ford’s “Mister Roberts” is one of those legendary films.
Most cinephiles are aware of it, or have seen it, but few in a quality form.
For decades, it was available pan & scan, and since 2006 on DVD in scope, with 2.35, and from a less than stellar dupe.
It’s taken them 65 years, but Warner Archive has finally gotten around to tackling the problem, by bringing in original elements.
Shot in CinemaScope in a 2.55:1 aspect ratio, herein properly reproduced, and WarnerColor, which is generally gorgeous, it seems that the time has come for “Mister Roberts” to re-immerge, and take its rightful place among 1950s classics.
For those who may be unaware, it has a decent cast – Henry Fonda (reprising his Broadway role) James Cagney, William Powell (his final screen appearance) and Jack Lemmon, with support from Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, and other Ford regulars, Ken Curtis, and Harry Carey, Jr.
Photographed by Winton Hoch (The Quiet Man, The Searchers), and with a score by Franz Waxman...
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