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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Approved | | Drama, War | 22 November 1940 (USA)
In 1940, the motley crew of the British tramp steamer SS Glencairn prepares the ship for its perilous voyage from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Eugene O'Neill (based on: four Sea Plays by), Dudley Nichols (adapted for the screen by)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Olsen
Thomas Mitchell ... Driscoll
Ian Hunter ... Smitty
Barry Fitzgerald ... Cocky
Wilfrid Lawson ... Captain (as Wilfred Lawson)
John Qualen ... Axel
Mildred Natwick ... Freda
Ward Bond ... Yank
Arthur Shields ... Donkeyman
Joe Sawyer ... Davis (as Joseph Sawyer)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Crimp
Rafaela Ottiano ... Bella
Carmen Morales Carmen Morales ... Principal Spanish Girl
Jack Pennick Jack Pennick ... Johnny
Bob Perry Bob Perry ... Paddy (as Bob E. Perry)
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Storyline

Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie. The men smuggle drink and women aboard, fight with each other, spy on each other, comfort each other as death approaches, and rescue each other from danger. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A story that only Eugene O'Neill could tell! The greatest of America's playwrights and the most gifted of directors bring you the mightiest sea drama ever filmed...played by a brilliant cast! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eugene O'Neill's The Long Voyage Home See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$682,495 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$580,129, 31 December 1940
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to John Ford's biography 'The Unquiet Man' by Dan Ford, Darryl F. Zanuck dropped John Ford's proposed remake of his silent film 'Four Sons'. Zanuck cancelled after some preliminary script work had been done and when he learnt of the similarly themed The Mortal Storm (1940) had gotten the green light at MGM. As such, John Ford, "Still upset over Zanuck's cancellation of 'Four Sons' decided not to present 'The Long Voyage Home' to him." Ford instead offered it to producer Walter Wanger who was a producer "who might appreciate a work of this caliber." Wanger soon after gave Ford the green light to make the film. See more »

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Newspapers in those days took a long time to typeset by hand and so are compiled and printed at night for early edition delivery to readers, so it would be impossible for a ship that departed the night before to be in the headlines as torpedoed in the morning. In addition, wartime censors may not even allow such a story to be printed to keep the enemy from knowing the name of the ships they sank or their cargoes. See more »

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Donkeyman: Best thing to do with memories is... forget em.
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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Played on flute by John Qualen
Sung by David Hughes
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One of John Ford's best
21 October 2002 | by ArchOblerSee all my reviews

This expresses a great sadness about the lives of men at sea. Some are doomed to stay forever. One of the goals of the movie is to finally get John Wayne, an innocent Swedish man, off the boats and home to his old mother. It paints such a bleak picture you really root for him, even with Wayne's horrible performance. It goes right for the heartstrings. There's a great performance by Ian Hunter as the fellow who mainly keeps to himself. He has a secret past, and they suspect he's a spy. This one of John Ford's least self-conscious movies, there's no heavy Americana to deal with and he directs you to the heart of the story and the often drunken emotions of the sailors. **** out of ****


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