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The Wreck of the Hesperus (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 5 February 1948 (USA)
John Macready, a seafaring captain, who has been beached for losing his ship, goes into the salvage-from-wrecked-vessels business with lovable old George Lockhart,and is leading the fight ... See full summary »

Director:

John Hoffman

Writers:

Aubrey Wisberg (screenplay), Edward Huebsch (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willard Parker ... John Macready
Edgar Buchanan ... George Lockhart
Patricia Barry ... Deborah Allen (as Patricia White)
Holmes Herbert ... Pastor West
Wilton Graff ... Caleb Cross
Boyd Davis Boyd Davis ... Gov. Lincoln
Jeff Corey ... Joshua Hill
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell ... Ned Jones
Paul E. Burns ... Rudolph Zeiss
Trevor Bardette ... William Bliss
Herbert Heywood Herbert Heywood ... Alexander Tarn
Earle S. Dewey Earle S. Dewey ... Landlord
Mikel Conrad ... Angus McReady
Patti Brady ... Lucy
Martin Milner ... Nathaniel
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John Macready, a seafaring captain, who has been beached for losing his ship, goes into the salvage-from-wrecked-vessels business with lovable old George Lockhart,and is leading the fight against the erection of a lighthouse that would tend to do damage to the salvage business. Macready's brother, Angus, dies in a shipwreck, and Macreday begins to suspect that his lovable old partner may be causing the ship wrecks by misdirecting the vessels. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

OUT OF DARK SEAS...DARK DEEDS! OUT OF SOFT ARMS...WILD RAPTURE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El naufragio del Hesperus See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Charming Period Piece
21 October 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This grade B retelling of the Longfellow poem is not great art, but it's a good movie for children, especially for a rainy afternoon. Stalwart Willard Parker does battle with a ton of stock footage of storms and ships at sea; and the film is amiable, moving along at a nice clip. Old New England is seldom depicted in old movies (or new ones for that matter), and it's always fascinating to see how it's recreated. This is is a nice reimagining of a bygone era. The actors are more than adequate; avuncular and reassuring, as in a Disney film.


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