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Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Capt. Jonathan Clark
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Countess Marina Selanova
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Portugee
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Deacon Greathouse
Carl Esmond ...
Prince Semyon
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Mamie
Eugenie Leontovich ...
Anna Selanova
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Eustace--Hotel Clerk
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Eben Cleggett
Sig Ruman ...
General Ivan Vorashilov
Gregory Gaye ...
Colonel Paul Shushaldin (as Gregory Gay)
Bill Radovich ...
Ogeechuk
Bryan Forbes ...
William Cleggett
Henry Kulky ...
Peter, Russian Servant
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Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting sea race to the Pribilof Islands they meet again; now, both are in danger from the schemes of villainous Prince Semyon. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A salty sea captain, a beautiful Russian countess, and the love that would span an ocean.


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4 July 1952 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Rex Beach's The World in His Arms  »

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$3,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The flogging of Capt. Clark (Gregory Peck) ranks 96th in the book, "Lash! The 100 Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." However, no such flogging occurs in the Rex Beach novel on which this movie is based. See more »

Quotes

Portugee: Hey, you... you? How you like to sign on as first mate, huh?
Deacon Greathouse: Cast off, Portugee. For as vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sound of your voice to the ears of an honest man.
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Referenced in The Return of Don Camillo (1953) See more »

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An exciting colorful adventure, very entertaining...

In old San Francisco, Marina Selanova (Ann Blyth) - a dark-haired Russian countess on the run from imminent union to the ambitious prince Semyon (Carl Esmond) - implores Captain Jonathan Clark (Gregory Peck) to take her to Alaska after been rejected by his eternal rival Portugee (Anthony Quinn).

Jonathan, an American seal pirate, falls for the diminutive, fresh-faced brunette, while giving her a midnight tour of San Francisco—an impressive similar situation to Peck-Audrey Hepburn in William Wyler's "Roman Holiday."

On the eve of their wedding day, her odious Russian fiancé kidnaps her, and sails for Alaska taking her on his gunboat... He promises to kill her uncle unless she married him as it was originally planned...

The film's highlight is the outstanding windswept race between two boats led by Peck and Quinn from San Francisco harbor to the Fur Seal Islands off the coast of Alaska, with the winner acquiring the other's ship and crew to rescue the lovely heroine...

With her slightly oriental eyes and pleasant lyric soprano voice, Ann Blyth provides feminine decoration for this epic adventure...

Anthony Quinn gives a high-spirited performance as the cunning, sympathetic thief... Quinn is challenged in the film in a 'trial of strength,' an amusing drinking and wrestling bout..

Raoul Walsh's direction is simple, direct and muscular... As a popular entertainer he is confident with a sense of humor... His actions, fury, spirit, skill, ambition and unrestrained dreams remain his forte...


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