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Two Years Before the Mast (1946)

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.

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First Mate Amazeen
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Maria Dominguez
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Brown
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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>

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Considered to be the centerpiece of the MCA/Paramount Film Library, its initial telecast took place in Omaha Sunday 9 November 1958 on KETV (Channel 7), followed by Chicago Saturday 3 January 1959 when it launched the MCA/Paramount Series on WBBM (Channel 2); next came Philadelphia Tuesday 6 January 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), Minneapolis 7 January 1959 on WCTN (Channel 11) and Seattle 8 January 1959 where it launched the MCA/Paramount Series on on KIRO (Channel 7), St. Louis Friday 9 January 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4), and New York CIty 26 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Phoenix it first aired 15 March 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Grand Rapids 2 August 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8) and in Detroit 26 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2). It wasn't broadcast until the following year in San Francisco 16 January 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Los Angeles 9 April 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), and in Pittsburgh 29 July 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2);. It was released to DVD as part of the Universal Vault Series 3 March 2016. See more »

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Captain Francis A. Thompson: Mr. Foster, remove his shirt.
2nd Mate Foster: Aye, aye, sir.
Charles Stewart: Never mind. I'll take it off.
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Mutiny on the pilgrim!
16 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I am disappointed to see the sparsity of votes for this very-of-guys movie. This box-office smash of 1946 which is a sly attempt to invoke the more academy award favored Mutiny on the Bounty. Obviously, this movie was made to win awards and to give prestige to the studio, producer and actors involved. It did not garner a single nomination. Based on a true story and a best-selling non-fiction book from the 19th Century, it details the kind of cruelty and inhumanity that was used back then to run a ship. The stand-out of many fine performances is Howard da Silva as the captain Thompson who is more interested in breaking arrival records than in keeping the health, morality or moue of his crew in a flush of pink. Alan Ladd is the somewhat lead for make no mistake, this is no Ladd piece but an ensemble of Paramount's finest and great character actors. William Bendix, an actor who puts to shame the theory that real acting began with those "method" actors of the fifties with everything he does, is perfect as the first mate Amanzine. Shot strictly on studio sets, it does have the necessary realism of the open seas and azure skies that could give it the needed extra texture but it tries and works all the same. Unexpected events happen and formula is avoided until a rushed third act and ending that feels to hurried to resonate. That is why I voted it an 8/10. It is just too flat, as if the producers were late for dinner or something and slapped something together. Surely, events you want to see resolved is giving the sleight of hand and the picture is only 98 mins, so why the hurry? A good guy's movie with fine performances. It could have been a classic but it's just a good movie. P.S. I cannot believe Da Silva was not nominated for his performance. That is just a plain travesty.


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