Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling expedition to teach him life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom,fairness and hard work.First mate Dan Lunceford is entrusted with teaching Jed his schoolwork.
Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling expedition in order to teach the young boy real life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom,fairness and hard work. First mate Dan Lunceford is entrusted with teaching the boy his schoolwork. The two men vie to become young Jed's male role model. Written by
Ships cooks were often nicknamed "Slush" or Slushy". The term comes from the fact that they had to feed the crew with salt pork or salt beef. The meat would be put into a pot and boiled and the grease that came to the surface was called "slush" and was skimmed off and saved. The sailors often smeared it on ships biscuit in place of butter. Any excess at the end of the voyage was sold to soap makers or candle makers and the proceeds were used to buy things for the ship, hence the term "Slush Fund". See more »
Although rather long (2 hours), the leisurely pace of this film works very well, and I would rank the performances of the three leads (Barrymore, Widmark and Stockwell) as among the best each of them every gave on film. In fact, this may be the best of Lionel Barrymore's "grumpy old man" roles, and his relationship with grandson Stockwell is beautifully presented and developed. The cast is packed with great supporting players; it seems every role was cast with care. Look for the great Paul Harvey ashore, as well as a wonderful scene with Dorothy Adams as the school teacher. Crew aboard the whaling ship includes Jay C. Flippen, John McIntyre, Berry Kroeger, etc. This movie is a real treat, and a "family film" of the highest order.
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