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
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 »
Opening credits prologue: NEW BEDFORD 1887 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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