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Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1949 (UK)
Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling trip to teach him core life values while First Mate Dan Lunceford is tasked with tutoring Jed.



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Complete credited cast:
Jed Joy
Slush Tubbs
Andrew L. Bush
Berry Kroeger ...
Britton (as Henry Morgan)
Benjamin Harris
Luke Sewell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)
Hubert E. Flanagan ...
Capt. Rumley (scenes deleted)
New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)


At the end of the 19th century, Massachusetts whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling expedition.The old captain wants to teach his spoiled grandson real life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom, fairness and hard work.At the same time, First Mate Dan Lunceford is entrusted with tutoring the boy in his schoolwork.A small competition and rivalry starts when both men,Captain Joy and First Mate Lunceford, strive to become young Jed's male role model.Captain Joy may have the wisdom dictated by his life's experiences but young Jed's imagination is rather captivated by Dan Lunceford's seafaring tales. Written by nufs68

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1949 (UK)  »

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Capitães do Mar  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to star Widmark, director Henry Hathaway didn't want him on the picture, but preferred Van Johnson instead. Widmark claimed Hathaway kept trying to pick a fight with the actor during the early weeks of shooting, so he could replace him. Widmark remained because it was what studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck wanted. Despite this and Hathaway's not wanting Widmark on "Kiss of Death" either, the two became good friends, See more »


Jed says that the longest river in the world is the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is the second largest in the USA behind the Missouri River and would be considered the longest river in the world. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: NEW BEDFORD 1887 See more »


Referenced in The Screen Writer (1950) See more »


Arranged by Alfred Newman
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Solid cast; great direction; rare real-life sailing footage.
24 July 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Aside from the theme of strong values held on to, the movie also offers rare real-life footage of bluenose schooners sailing the open sea, something none of us will ever see as these ships have all but disappeared (the Canadian government sails a reproduction as part of its sea and seamanship instruction. This alone made the movie worthwhile. Add solid performances by Widmark and Barrymore and the rest of the cast - and the able direction of Hathaway - and you have a very good film.

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