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Atlantic Ferry (1941)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 7 February 1942 (USA)
After their state-of-the-art steamship the Gigantic sinks minutes after being launched, the MacIver brothers of Liverpool begin to plan for the future of their company. David takes a ... See full summary »

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Hartley Power ...
Samuel 'Sam' Cunard
Margaretta Scott ...
Susan Donaldson
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Begonia Baggot
Milton Rosmer ...
George Burns
Frederick Leister ...
James Morison
Henry Oscar ...
Josiah Eagles
Edmund Willard ...
Robert Napier
Charles Victor ...
Tim Grogan
Frank Tickle ...
Mr. Donaldson
Leslie Bradley ...
Horatio Stubbs
Felix Aylmer ...
Bank President
Joss Ambler ...
Dr. Lardner
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After their state-of-the-art steamship the Gigantic sinks minutes after being launched, the MacIver brothers of Liverpool begin to plan for the future of their company. David takes a business-like approach and eventually joins forces with former rivals but decides the expensive gamble of steamships is not they way to go. Charles embarks on a different course -- sailing on a doomed ship to America to forge an alliance with Samuel Cunard. Eventually brothers are reunited in their bid to gain the mail contract from the British government, although their relationship might not last since each is in love with Mary, the daughter of one of their backers. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Sons of the Sea  »

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The film ends with archive footage of the launching of the Queen Elizabeth in 1938, with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother shown walking with her children, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. See more »

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"Tales from the Vienna Woods" was written in 1868, but is played at the ball in Boston, circa 1840. See more »

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Rule Britannia
(1740)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Played by a band at the launching of the ship "Gigantic"
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Steam, The Way Of The Future
11 January 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Atlantic Ferry, made by Warner Brothers in Great Britain celebrates the conglomerate that formed the Cunard line which inaugurated steam powered travel across the ocean. Of course this film was made at a time when Great Britain was trying ever so hard to get the United States involved in the second World War on their side and Warner Brothers was the studio most involved in that. The year before in America they had done The Sea Hawk and before that Confessions Of A Nazi Spy.

The emphasis here is on shipping magnates Charles and David MacIver who joined with Samuel Cunard to provide regular passenger and cargo service across the Atlantic. The brothers are played by Michael Redgrave and Griffith Jones with style and conviction. These two don't always see eye to eye and there's a rivalry going between them for Valerie Hobson.

Naturally the folks who are heavily invested in sail not thrilled with what the brothers propose. That scene where one self styled 'expert' says that the real problem is storage of fuel and there's no place to refuel in the middle of the ocean. Americans felt even stronger about that put their faith in sail for years longer than the British. It's also way we and the British acquired such odd places as the Falkland Islands for them and Midway for us to serve as coaling, later diesel refueling stations for our cargo, passenger, and most important, our military naval fleets. That 'expert' is voicing real concerns.

American Hartley Power is playing Sam Cunard who was Canadian from Halifax and was already operating successfully in steam before doing the Transatlantic run. He acts as a steadying influence between the sometimes contentious brothers MacIver.

Atlantic Ferry is a good historical and biographical film about a singular development in transportation. The sailing scenes are handled well by the special effects department and as a hands across the sea propaganda film, Atlantic Ferry holds up well today.


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