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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

The only thing missing was a bank robbery.

Author: Leslie Howard Adams (longhorn1939@suddenlink.net) from Texas
20 June 2006

"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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Charming Period Piece

9/10
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma
21 October 2002

This grade B retelling of the Longfellow poem is not great art, but it's a good movie for children, especially for a rainy afternoon. Stalwart Willard Parker does battle with a ton of stock footage of storms and ships at sea; and the film is amiable, moving along at a nice clip. Old New England is seldom depicted in old movies (or new ones for that matter), and it's always fascinating to see how it's recreated. This is is a nice reimagining of a bygone era. The actors are more than adequate; avuncular and reassuring, as in a Disney film.

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