MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 22,141 this week

Two Years Before the Mast (1946)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 271 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 4 critic

The playboy son of a wealthy shipping magnate discovers at first hand the desperate privations suffered by the crew of one of his fathers ships when he is unwillingly pressganged aboard.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1217 titles
created 28 Jan 2012
 
a list of 5249 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 110 titles
created 10 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 43 titles
created 11 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1519 titles
created 13 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Two Years Before the Mast (1946)

Two Years Before the Mast (1946) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Two Years Before the Mast.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Barely historical presentation of the life of Jim Bowie. Here he goes to New Orleans to sell lumber but falls in love with Judalon. To match his rivals he must become sophisticated and does... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo, Joseph Calleia
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall
China (1943)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical, macho profiteer meets a compassionate, beautiful schoolteacher.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, William Bendix
O.S.S. (1946)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Martin is part of an American spy team dropped into France during World War II to destroy the French railway system. After successfully blowing up a tunnel he runs back to save Ellen ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles
Calcutta (1947)
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Bendix
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In this Western, Alan Ladd exacts revenge on a small town the best way he knows how -- by becoming sheriff.

Director: James B. Clark
Stars: Alan Ladd, Don Murray, Dan O'Herlihy
Branded (1950)
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When hired killer Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he's is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lorre
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When ruthlessly dedicated postal inspector investigates the murder of a co-worker, he finds that the sole witness, a nun, has been targeted by the killers.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Stewart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In this "adaptation" of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, a Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Alan Ladd, Betty Field, Macdonald Carey
Beyond Glory (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Thinking he may have caused the death of his commanding officer Captain Daniels in Tunisia, Rocky visits Daniels' widow. She falls for him, he falls for her, she encourages him to go to ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Alan Ladd, Donna Reed, George Macready
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
First Mate Amazeen
...
Terence O'Feenaghty
Howard Da Silva ...
Captain Francis A. Thompson
Esther Fernández ...
Maria Dominguez
...
Brown
Luis Van Rooten ...
2nd Mate Foster
...
Sam Hooper
Roman Bohnen ...
Macklin
...
Gordon Stewart
Theodore Newton ...
Hayes
Tom Powers ...
Bellamer
James Burke ...
Carrick
...
Hansen
Edit

Storyline

Charles Stewart, the "Pilgrim" owner's playboy son, finds himself shanghaied on his father's ship commanded by cruel Captain Thompson. When scurvy breaks out he leads a mutiny and is slapped in irons. Floggings and torture abound. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

ship | scurvy | flogging | sailor | murder | See All (10) »

Taglines:

The Greatest of All Adventure Classics!

Genres:

Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

22 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Hiena dos Mares  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 22, 1947 with Alan Ladd reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Captain Francis A. Thompson: Mr. Foster, remove his shirt.
2nd Mate Foster: Aye, aye, sir.
Charles Stewart: Never mind. I'll take it off.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Four Seasons (1981) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
They threw away everything but the title
17 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a lurid melodrama I suppose that this is OK,provided that you do not take it seriously.It may seem'realistic" because it is so grim and gritty, but it will not stand up to close examination.The producers were shamelessly trading on the reputation of one of the greatest books about the sea for a contrived soap opera. It would have been far more honest to make up their own title.

Virtually nothing about the movie bears the slightest resemblance to the book. I saw the movie,and have read the book several times. It is a great account full of details, very well written which deserves repeated readings, to get the most out of it.Seeing the movie once was quite enough.The only real characters were Captain Thompson, and Dana himself, who is of course the narrator of the book which is the true account of his own experiences.The real Dana actually was more like the fictitious Stewart than the ordinary seaman he is in the movie. He was from an upper class family, and a student at Harvard who was making this trip to "toughen up" and repair his health.The part about his brother dying from abuse as a seaman was total fiction.The real Captain Thompson was a hard and sometimes brutal man, who abused his authority by flogging two seamen without just cause,although apparently it was a case of loosing his temper. Apparently he secretly regretted it, because later he controlled his temper under much more trying circumstances,and even refrained from flogging the carpenter after he had urged the mate to seize command from the captain.Flogging was apparently much rarer than legend has it;when the ship arrived in California, and word of the flogging spread among the other ships in the hider trade,the seamen on the other ships at first thought it was a joke, and then were very shocked and surprised when they found out that it actually happened, indicating that it was far from normal.Thompson and the "Pilgrim" rapidly got a very bad reputation.The scurvy incident, intended to show the callousness of the captain, actually, if it had happened, would indicate that he was insane.No captain would have done that.Regardless of his lack of humanity, he needed the crew to work the ship,and scurvy would render them helpless.In fact, scurvy did strike during the trip home, and the captain desperately sought out any ship that had fresh provisions, which he found.

Actually, Dana was not trying to lessen the authority of the captain in law.He didn't even want to remove his right to flog disobedient seamen;he said that if he ever went to see as a captain, he would want to have the authority to flog,though he would hope that he would never have to use it, because of the unruly elements represented among common seamen.He felt that it was essential as a constant threat to maintain discipline He did say that captains should be held accountable for abuse of their authority,and that courts were far too lenient on ones convicted of abuse.In the book he said that at the time of the floggings he swore to bring Thompson to justice;whether he actually did or not is unclear.His family was friendly with the senior partner of the firm that operated the ships he sailed on in the California hide trade.


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
no dvd spud_murphy1
id like to see this fulm but no dvd is available mmalik747
Discuss Two Years Before the Mast (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?