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Pilgrimage (1933)

Passed | | Drama | 18 August 1933 (USA)
A possessive mother pushes her son into World War I service rather than see him get married.

Director:

John Ford
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henrietta Crosman ... Mrs. Hannah Jessop
Heather Angel ... Suzanne
Norman Foster ... Jim 'Jimmy' Jessop
Lucille La Verne ... Mrs. Kelly Hatfield
Maurice Murphy ... Gary Worth
Marian Nixon ... Mary Saunders
Jay Ward Jay Ward ... Jimmy Saunders
Robert Warwick ... Maj. Albertson
Louise Carter ... Mrs. Rogers
Betty Blythe ... Janet Prescot
Francis Ford ... Mayor Elmer Briggs
Charley Grapewin ... Dad Saunders
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Worth
Frances Rich Frances Rich ... The Nurse
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A possessive mother pushes her son into World War I service rather than see him get married.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peregrinação See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Dear Little Boy of Mine
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Played as background music
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Some mother's son
4 August 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Pilgrimage" is a phenomenon.First of all ,the subject is not,as the audience is expecting at the beginning of the movie,the story of two lovers but it focuses on the boy's mother ,Mrs Jessop,wonderfully portrayed by Henrietta Crosman.It's very rare that the star of a movie is a middle age woman ,particularly in a John Ford work,even if women often play a prominent part in his films (his last effort was "seven women") Mrs Jessop is a hateful over possessive selfish mom:"I'd rather see my boy dead than with that woman";her hatred knows no bounds when she enlists her son in the army (WW1 time) "whereas other mothers try to hide their son's age".

John Ford wanted the viewer to side with his pitiful heroine only in the last part .His film is never melodramatic because the tragic scenes alternate with prosaic ones (the shooting range in France is telling).And I dare you not to cry when the mom lays withered flowers on the grave and when she meets again her grandson .The cemetery scene is in direct contrast to the ceremony under L'Arc De Triomphe Sur La Tombe Du Soldat Inconnu:between the two moments,Mrs Jessop has become a mother.At last.


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