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Plymouth Adventure (1952)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | History  -  28 November 1952 (USA)
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Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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The story of the voyage of the "Mayflower" in its historic voyage across the Atlantic to the New World. The passenger list includes John Alden and Priscilla Mullins among those who made the 96-day storm-filled crossing. Along the way the Captain has an ill-starred romance with the wife of a religious fanatic that ends in a sudden, dramatic way off the coast of Cape Cod. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MGM presents The Great TECHNICOLOR Drama of the Sea !


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Capitaine sans loi  »

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Trivia

For once, the colonists are correctly shown building framed houses, and not log cabins as is commonly supposed - the latter were introduced by Swedish settlers along the Delaware in 1638, and did not become popular until the eighteenth century. See more »

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The Mayflower did not establish the first settlement in New England, for George Popham founded a colony of 120 souls there in 1607, thirteen years earlier. After many died from the hazards that Captain Jones warns the Pilgrims about, the few survivors departed. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Christopher Jones: I can see through this clean New World talk.
Gilbert Winslow: It's possible, Captain Jones, you see no further than the end of your nose. These are honest men.
Capt. Christopher Jones: There are no honest men!
Gilbert Winslow: There are those that try to be.
Capt. Christopher Jones: I've lived long enough in the world to know what men are made of.
[Looking out to sea]
Capt. Christopher Jones: There's the good of the world, Mr. Winslow - the good clean sea and my ship... my good ship. I put faith in my ship, and she's never failed me. Don't put your faith in men, and you'll never be disappointed.
Gilbert Winslow: ...
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The end credits are the most comprehensive cast list. After each actor is shown in character, in reverse order from the opening credits, the ship The Mayflower (a replica of the 1620 vessel) is shown floating in the water and identified by a graphic. See more »

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Confess Jehovah Thankfully
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Great Hollywood Mythmaking
27 November 2004 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers talk like Plymouth Adventure is fiction. They think Clarence Brown is like James Cameron, who cares more about the story conforming to a movie than the other way around. In other words, they have no idea what integrity is.

Though much was documented - and is adhered to by the plot points - much is conjecture, and this can be subject to dramatic license. Of course, the dialog is up to the screenwriter and director. We can discuss this, but for me, the language and dialog weren't at all problematic, nor was the lush cinematography, in itself (see below).

I have only two quibbles:

I should have preferred to see Plymouth Adventure in black and white. The Pilgirms were a black and white lot who established a black and white society.

I don't mind myth-making, because I think myths can be metaphors for the truths behind them. Of course, myths can be used in malign ways, as we know from the Nazis. Though not malign, the myth of the Pilgrims is of questionable value, since we know that the Pilgrims were seeking, in the New World, freedom, but freedom to establish their own tyranny. This is different from the myth, say, of George Washington and the cherry tree, since Washington was a true archetype of integrity. Nevertheless, rather than making a debunking movie showing the Pilgrims as a kind of proto-Taliban, perhaps it would be better to let their qualities of courage and resourcefulness stand, and leave the myth to benign neglect.


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