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The Wreck of the Hesperus (1948)

 -  Drama  -  5 February 1948 (USA)
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John Macready, a seafaring captain, who has been beached for losing his ship, goes into the salvage-from-wrecked-vessels business with lovable old George Lockhart,and is leading the fight ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willard Parker ...
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George Lockhart
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Deborah Allen (as Patricia White)
Holmes Herbert ...
Pastor West
Wilton Graff ...
Caleb Cross
Boyd Davis ...
Gov. Lincoln
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Joshua Hill
Paul Campbell ...
Ned Jones
Paul E. Burns ...
Rudolph Zeiss
Trevor Bardette ...
William Bliss
Herbert Heywood ...
Alexander Tarn
Earle S. Dewey ...
Landlord
Mikel Conrad ...
Angus McReady
Patti Brady ...
Lucy
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Nathaniel
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John Macready, a seafaring captain, who has been beached for losing his ship, goes into the salvage-from-wrecked-vessels business with lovable old George Lockhart,and is leading the fight against the erection of a lighthouse that would tend to do damage to the salvage business. Macready's brother, Angus, dies in a shipwreck, and Macreday begins to suspect that his lovable old partner may be causing the ship wrecks by misdirecting the vessels. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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OUT OF DARK SEAS...DARK DEEDS! OUT OF SOFT ARMS...WILD RAPTURE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama

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5 February 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El naufragio del Hesperus  »

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The only thing missing was a bank robbery.

"Suggested" by a story by Edward Huebsch and "based upon the poem by Henry W. Longfellow," screenplay-writer Aubrey Wisberg came up with close to what is the only western set in 1830's New England, including a contrived jail break; law-abiding citizens fighting the forces of evil (vigilantes); gang fights and, even, a cross-country chase on horseback of a stagecoach.

Utilizing Huebsch's suggestion and Longfellow's basis and more than an uncredited little-bit from "Reap the Wild Wind," Wisberg has a seafaring captain, who has been beached for losing his ship, Willard Parker, going into the salvage-from-wrecked-vessels business with lovable old Edgar Buchanan---keep an eye on him---and leading the fight against the erection of a lighthouse that would tend to slow down the salvage business more than somewhat.

Parker's brother dies in a shipwreck, and he begins to suspect that his lovable old partner may be causing the ship wrecks by misdirecting the vessels. (Not unlike unlovable Raymond Massey in "Reap the Wild Wind.") Tain't long ere Parker and Buchanan are on opposite sides.


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