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Release Date:
4 July 1952 (France) See more »
A salty sea captain, a beautiful Russian countess, and the love that would span an ocean.
Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Capt. Jonathan Clark

Ann Blyth ... Countess Marina Selanova

Anthony Quinn ... Portugee

John McIntire ... Deacon Greathouse
Carl Esmond ... Prince Semyon

Andrea King ... Mamie
Eugenie Leontovich ... Anna Selanova

Hans Conried ... Eustace--Hotel Clerk

Rhys Williams ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Andre ... Seaman (uncredited)
Roman Arnoldoff ... Captain Feodor (uncredited)
Suzan Ball ... (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Seaman (uncredited)
Frederic Berest ... Cossack Officer (uncredited)
George Blagoi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Chase ... Seaman (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Wung Lo (uncredited)
Leo Curley ... Bartender (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... 'Shanghai' Kelley (uncredited)
Carli Elinor ... Leader (uncredited)
Richard Farmer ... Guest (voice) (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Chinese Proprietor (uncredited)
James Fowler ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Diane Garrett ... Mamie's Girl (uncredited)
Augie Gomez ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Seaman (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Guest (uncredited)
Dave Kashner ... Whip Man (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Guest (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... José (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Seaman (uncredited)
June McCall ... Mamie's Girl (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Guest (uncredited)
John McKee ... Seaman (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ... Officer (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Nicholas (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Tough Sailor (uncredited)
Tudor Owen ... Old Sailor (uncredited)
Arthur Page ... Minister (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Lena (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Mounted Cossack Officer (uncredited)
Susan Randall ... Mamie's Girl (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Tough Sailor (uncredited)
George Scanlan ... Seaman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Simon E. Viescas ... Malu (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Lilly (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
Writing credits
Borden Chase (screenplay)

Horace McCoy (additional dialogue)

Rex Beach (novel)

Produced by
Aaron Rosenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Bernard Herzbrun 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (as James C. Havens)
Phil Bowles .... assistant director (uncredited)
George Lollier .... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Fred Carson .... stunt double: Anthony Quinn (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... fight double: Gregory Peck (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Other crew
Harold Belfer .... dances
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Serge Bertensson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Alice Krasiva .... stand-in: Ann Blyth (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Rex Beach's The World in His Arms" - USA (complete title)
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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Jonathan Clark:We *shall* be married!
Countess Marina Selanova:After the hanging? Or before?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crimen del cine Oriente (1997)See more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A throwback to a style of film made years ago..., 25 July 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

THE WORLD IN HIS ARMS is the sort of film Hollywood made in the 1930s and early 40s and might have starred John Wayne, Errol Flynn, James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson--it's very easy to imagine any of these men in such a formulaic programmer. By the 1950s, such adventure films were practically gone--replaced with more realistic films about more contemporary topics. Now I am NOT complaining about this film--I happen to like these old fashioned films. Sure, the characters and situations were unrealistic, but this sort of escapism is something many will enjoy.

As for the choice of Gregory Peck, he wasn't bad--even though he isn't generally the "type" to play this sort of macho role. Now this isn't to say that Peck wasn't manly enough, but seeing him as a guy who loves loose women, fighting and chaos is certainly a departure from his typical film! Even such seafaring films as CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER and MOBY DICK feature Peck in a much more somber, intellectual and dependable sort of man than the slightly crazy Captain Clark in THE WORLD IN HIS ARMS. Again, I am not complaining--just pointing out that this role is a departure for Peck.

Peck's love interest in the film is Ann Blyth, who is quite lovely but also appears too young for Peck. This is due to Blyth looking much younger than she was (24) and because the height difference between them (more than a foot) tended to make her look even younger. She wasn't bad--just an unusual choice.

The film begins in San Francisco. Peck and his crew have just arrived with a ship filled with seal furs. They are rich and in a mood to celebrate. However, an envoy from a Russian Princess (Blyth) tries to engage the ship to take her to safety (she is running from an arranged marriage). Peck refuses outright--he just wants to unwind and have fun. In an odd move, Blyth herself meets Peck and doesn't identify who she is. Peck is taken with her and makes plans to marry her--at which point the Russian husband she is supposed to marry shows up to claim his bride--leaving Peck disappointed and furious. Will Peck catch up to this Princess? Will she be able to avoid a loveless marriage? Well, tune in for yourself and see.

The film has a lot of pluses. First, the color print and cinematography are just lovely. It's the sort of 1950s color that is bold and prettier than real life but not as bold and garish as early Technicolor. Combined with a rousing musical score, the film has lovely aesthetics. The film also features some excellent actors. In addition to Peck and Blyth, Anthony Quinn in on hand in a not particularly subtle but enjoyable role as Peck's nemesis as is John McIntire--an under-appreciated but excellent supporting actor (who, in parts of this film, looks like the spitting image of General Sherman).

Now the film is not without its faults. There is a rather poor use of rear projection in the seal hunting scenes--even by 1950s standards. Also, the story, at times, seems more like comic book or dime novel due to characters who are not exactly believable. It's the sort of film, however, with no pretensions--it's not high art or an Oscar contender and never seemed like it was intended as this.

Overall, a great adventure film for you to just turn off your brain and enjoy. Great old time fun.

By the way, much of the film revolves around seal hunting, which wasn't considered such a big deal in 1952. Starting in the 1960s, worldwide opposition to seal harvesting became an issue and so today some might hate this movie. Try to keep it in historical context and enjoy the film for what it is.

By the way, considering how evil and stupid the Russians are generally shown to be in this film, I wonder if perhaps it was all meant as a metaphor for US-Soviet relations at the time?

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