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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
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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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John Ford's epic of savage emotions ! See more »

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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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This film's opening prologue states: "With their hates and desires men are changing the face of the earth - but they cannot change the Sea. Men who live on the Sea never change - for they live in a lonely world apart as they drift from one rusty tramp steamer to the next, forging the life-lines of Nations -." See more »

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When Axel is painting over the port hole window, the amount of paint on the window changes between shots. See more »

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Donkeyman: Best thing to do with memories is... forget em.
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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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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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