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The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)

Passed | | Adventure | 26 February 1942 (USA)
Author writes about his experiences sailing at sea, struggles to get his work published.

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Author writes about his experiences sailing at sea, struggles to get his work published.

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This film received its New York City television premiere Wednesday 9 June 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast on freshly launched KPIX (Channel 5) Saturday 12 February 1949. See more »

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Martin Eden: Your Honor, I've been handed this same magoo for thirteen days. You let Captain Butch Raglan come in here and tell a pack of lies that is fiction; he goes back to sea like a hero. I got the truth here. Why don't you make Old Man Morley come down here and listen to what goes on aboard his stinking death wagons? Why are you all so afraid of the truth?
The judge: One more word, young man and I'll have to hold you in contempt of court.
Martin Eden: Alright, Your Honor. You're the skipper here. But I'll make you listen ...
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The opening credits are displayed on a series of front covers of the "San Francisco Express" newspaper. See more »

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Jack London and Glen Ford
4 July 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The quasi-autobiographical Martin Eden by Jack London is a haunting novel. The issues that emerge in the book give credence to London's likely suicide, in spite of the several protests of his heirs. The film here remains faithful to the story, i.e., a young man struck with the desire to be a writer and struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy and economic struggles. Glen Ford is great as Martin Eden, the rough-hewn genius whose work is plagiarized by a well known writer, Ian MacDonald's Raglan, and whose claims of authenticity are doubted by the woman he loves. Claire Trevor is great as the haughty rich girl, Connie and Stu Erwin does well as her brother, Joe. The film ends on a bright note, with Eden's success taken as a matter of course. The book ends on a very pessimistic note with Eden's suicide and his quest for virtue terminated. London's message in the book is a confused one, i.e., how could anyone know the real person under all that success and fame? Sadly, we must conclude London didn't know that man under his celebrity. Eden's life, like that of London, smacks of tragedy, while the film goes on with Eden living happily ever after. This film was made just before WW2. Glen Ford went on to distinguish himself in the US Navy, although he was a Canadian.


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