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Adventure (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Comedy | 28 December 1945 (USA)
Dark, romantic, complicated drama about a rowdy merchant marine and sophisticated librarian who clash over their lifestyles and values - and then fall in love.

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A rowdy, womanizing merchant marine, leader of an eccentric crew of misfits and drunks, is almost killed by a Japanese torpedo strike. The brush with death seems to make him even more reckless. In San Francisco, he clashes with a sophisticated, cold librarian, but hangs around because of his attraction to her much livelier, flirty roommate. Yet the seaman and the librarian can't quit challenging each other, almost to the point of a physical altercation. Following their most angry, almost violent argument, the two come together as lovers, running off to Reno for a quick, unlikely marriage. But almost immediately after, their differences in values and philosophy come to a head. The mismatched relationship seems doomed - and, possibly, to end in profound tragedy. Written by jcravens42

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Gable's back and Garson's got him! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Comedy

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28 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Shore Leave  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reports of this film's failure are false. Variety (January 8, 1947) listed it as the #7 box office hit of 1946 (it was released December 28, 1945). The film earned more than $6M worldwide and earned a profit for MGM. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Helen are inspecting the upstairs bedrooms of the farm house, moving shadows of the camera are visible on the wall to the left as they enter and leave the first one. See more »

Quotes

Harry Patterson: Are you washing again?
Mudgin: Oh, hello, Harry. Kinda covets a man to scoop up some sea water that's full of the sins of the world, and put soap in it.
Harry Patterson: You got sin on the brain.
Mudgin: Well, it's be hard to explain to you, Harry, but a man sure feels dirty after he's been in port and done the things I done.
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4 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Clark Gable and Greer Garson were the highly touted combo in "Adventure" when it opened in 1945. It was Clark Gable's first film after the war, and the original slogan was "Gable's back, and Garson's got him!" Well, not really.

Of all of the movie stars who returned after World War II, Gable had it the worst. Older than the other movie star soldiers, the years he lost were more precious, plus he had been widowed recently. It would be several years before he started to get good roles in good movies again. Frankly, this heavily scripted film wasn't one of them.

"Adventure" is the story of a man, Harry Patterson, committed to a life of freedom on the sea and good fun on shore. Garson is Emily, the librarian he meets, spars with, and falls for. Joan Blondell plays her roommate, Helen, with whom Harry has an initial attraction. Thomas Mitchell plays fellow seaman Mudge, who serves in a way as Harry's conscience.

There are several problems with this film. First, there is a mystical-spiritual-fantasy aspect to the story that is not brought out in Victor Fleming's direction. The dialogue is weighty, and the whole thing is slow going. The casting is a miss, with the exceptions of Joan Blondell and Mitchell. Garson at 41 isn't quite right for Emily and isn't well cast against Gable. Someone like Maureen O'Hara might have been better. Gable is one dimensional - I would suggest this is Fleming's fault. The direction is not strong or focused.

Overall, a disappointment, long, and overdone.


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