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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | | Drama, War | 22 November 1940 (USA)
In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England.

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Driscoll
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Smitty
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Cocky
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Captain (as Wilfred Lawson)
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Axel
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Freda
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Yank
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Davis (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Crimp
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Bella
Carmen Morales ...
Jack Pennick ...
Johnny
Bob Perry ...
Paddy (as Bob E. Perry)
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Storyline

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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Women ! the world passed by. See more »

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Also Known As:

Eugene O'Neill's The Long Voyage Home  »

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Budget:

$682,495 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$580,129, 31 December 1940
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Initially resistant to the idea of working with a Swedish accent, John Wayne was instructed by Danish actress Osa Massen. John Ford later complimented Wayne on his handling of the accent. See more »

Goofs

Newspapers in those days took a long time to typeset by hand and so are compiled and printed at night for early edition delivery to readers, so it would be impossible for a ship that departed the night before to be in the headlines as torpedoed in the morning. In addition, wartime censors may not even allow such a story to be printed to keep the enemy from knowing the name of the ships they sank or their cargoes. See more »

Quotes

Donkeyman: Best thing to do with memories is... forget em.
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Featured in Visions of Light (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Harbor Lights
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
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One of John Ford's best
21 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This expresses a great sadness about the lives of men at sea. Some are doomed to stay forever. One of the goals of the movie is to finally get John Wayne, an innocent Swedish man, off the boats and home to his old mother. It paints such a bleak picture you really root for him, even with Wayne's horrible performance. It goes right for the heartstrings. There's a great performance by Ian Hunter as the fellow who mainly keeps to himself. He has a secret past, and they suspect he's a spy. This one of John Ford's least self-conscious movies, there's no heavy Americana to deal with and he directs you to the heart of the story and the often drunken emotions of the sailors. **** out of ****


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