6.4/10
83
4 user 1 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barbara O'Neil
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Katherine Chandler lives in an apartment house that has been purchased by the local college for a boy's dormitory. She refuses to vacate, certain that her son, who was a wild boy and ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Ethel Barrymore, Cecil Kellaway, Stuart Whitman
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rejected as an immigrant because he doesn't have the required $200, a Czech immigrant jumps ship and is befriended by a chorus girl and becomes a taxi driver.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: Francis Lederer, Ginger Rogers, Arthur Hohl
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A lawyer becomes a government secret agent after an agent-friend of his is murdered, and discovers a nest of Nazi spies operating out of a former client's hotel.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Craig Stevens, Faye Emerson, John Ridgely
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Craig Stevens, Elisabeth Fraser, Julie Bishop
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mobster breaks out of prison to kill his ex-wife's new husband - who, by accident, is a FBI agent trying to capture him.

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay, Robert Armstrong
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Stars: Gene Evans, André Morell, John Turner
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Richard Dix, Leslie Banks, Madge Evans
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a career criminal is recaptured and knows he faces the guillotine, he offers to exchange his life for 100 hostages slated for execution by the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Paul Lukas, Lucile Watson
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A fast Mexican-American gunman kills a few notorious gunfighters and is hired to replace Mesa's dead sheriff but a crooked saloon-keeper wants him on his payroll or out-of-the-way.

Director: Harry Horner
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Katy Jurado, Peter Whitney
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bank-robbery in London prevents - again - the marriage of Bulldog Drummond with his girlfriend. But this time when the delinquents are caught it will be celebrated at last.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ford Adams regains consciousness in Boston, bloody and suffering from amnesia. Information he eventually uncovers (with the help of Marie Smith) connects him to a well-known producer--who's... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Walter Abel, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Griffith Jones ...
Hartley Power ...
Samuel 'Sam' Cunard
Margaretta Scott ...
Susan Donaldson
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

7 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sons of the Sea  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bessie Love has no lines in the 91-minute TCM print and appears briefly in the ballroom crowd scene in Boston near the end. See more »

Goofs

Soundtrack includes ballroom scene playing "Tales from the Vienna Woods", written in 1868. The scene takes place in 1840. See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Words by James Thomson
Played by a band at the launching of the ship "Gigantic"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Atlantic Ferry (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?