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A Maine lobster fisherman, trained as an architect, prefers to be a fisherman over the objections of his fiancée. The latter, a welfare worker for the state, finds a home for a 12-year-old orphan who loves the sea. He and the fisherman become friends but the fiancée, fearful of the dangers of sea life, forces the fisherman to restrict the boy from his boat. Denied the life he loves, the boy, in retribution, steals a camera and is sent to reform school. The couple marries and succeeds in getting a judge to grant a petition allowing them to adopt the boy. Written by
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This is almost grade B category in film making - the story is a simple one of an orphan who is attracted to the sea, surrounded by adults who try to keep him from it- no wonder he runs away and steals to get money to hop busses. Dean Stockwell is the boy, Jean Peters (Miss Bland) and Dana Andrews (Mr. Bland) are the on again-off again lovers who may decide his fate. Black and white camera work of Maine harbors is attractive. One 6 minute sequence of a totally implausible rescue during a storm at sea earned an Oscar nom for Special Effects - must have been a very sparse year in this category. An okay film for kids, but nothing special for adults.
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