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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

 -  Drama | War  -  11 November 1940 (USA)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie. The men smuggle drink and women aboard, fight with each other, spy on ... See full summary »

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Axel
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Freda
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Arthur Shields ...
Donkeyman
Joe Sawyer ...
Davis (as Joseph Sawyer)
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Crimp
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Carmen Morales ...
Principal Spanish Girl
Jack Pennick ...
Johnny
Bob Perry ...
Paddy (as Bob E. Perry)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie. The men smuggle drink and women aboard, fight with each other, spy on each other, comfort each other as death approaches, and rescue each other from danger. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A story that only Eugene O'Neill could tell! The greatest of America's playwrights and the most gifted of directors bring you the mightiest sea drama ever filmed...played by a brilliant cast! See more »

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Drama | War

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11 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine lange Reise  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

This is technically both the the first World War 2 film and first war film directed by John Ford as the film is set during WW II and it interfaces with the Second World War's Second Battle of the Atlantic as the steamer sails through the battle-zone and even goes under attack from enemy aircraft during the film. Ford's later They Were Expendable (1945) is Ford's first 'major' war feature film and first 'major' World War II movie feature. See more »

Goofs

When Smitty tries to escape the boat, he picks a box. When he picks the box, he is wearing a jacket with buttons on the sleeve, but he's not wearing a jacket or shirt with buttons. See more »

Quotes

Donkeyman: Best thing to do with memories is... forget em.
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Referenced in RKO 281 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Blow the Man Down
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Traditional
Played during the opening credits
Sung often by crewmen
Sung a cappella by J.M. Kerrigan
Variations played as part of the score
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A sea tragedy, minus the iceberg

This film is all that a film should be for it dictates that the human condition is in itself dramatic and tragic enough without exaggerated theatrics. This sea tragedy needs no iceberg. What it does contain is excellent cinematography by Gregg Toland, superb direction by John Ford and a superior script based on the plays of Eugene O'Neill. The drama developes simply from a ship being in the war zone during World War Two with a full cargo of ammunition and no escort or weapon for protection--just a twenty-five percent bonus for the crew. The acting is about as good as acting can be: Arthur Shields (as Donkey Man) and Thomas Mitchell (as Aloysius Driscoll) never waver in the characters they portray. They are, without question, so realistic that they live beyond the movie. In effect, they are more than characters on film, they are universal humans trying to make order out of chaos, even if they must create chaos to do so. The main character is the "Glencairn" itself, the ship in the film. Like Greek tragedy, it is the chorus about which the dramatic action occurs. The long voyage home for some of the characters goes on and on, but the long voyage for the "Glencairn" continues like so many other rust buckets. In World War Two, constant danger and possible disaster waited just outside every harbor.


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