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Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1949 (UK)
Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling trip to teach him core life values while First Mate Dan Lunceford is tasked with tutoring Jed.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... First Mate Dan Lunceford
Lionel Barrymore ... Capt. Bering Joy
Dean Stockwell ... Jed Joy
Cecil Kellaway ... Slush Tubbs
Gene Lockhart ... Andrew L. Bush
Berry Kroeger ... Manchester
John McIntire ... Thatch
Harry Morgan ... Britton (as Henry Morgan)
Harry Davenport ... Benjamin Harris
Paul Harvey ... Capt. John Briggs
Jay C. Flippen ... Luke Sewell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Donnelly ... New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)
Hubert E. Flanagan Hubert E. Flanagan ... Capt. Rumley (scenes deleted)
Connie Marshall ... New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

At the end of the 19th century, Massachusetts whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling expedition.The old captain wants to teach his spoiled grandson real life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom, fairness and hard work.At the same time, First Mate Dan Lunceford is entrusted with tutoring the boy in his schoolwork.A small competition and rivalry starts when both men,Captain Joy and First Mate Lunceford, strive to become young Jed's male role model.Captain Joy may have the wisdom dictated by his life's experiences but young Jed's imagination is rather captivated by Dan Lunceford's seafaring tales. Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Down to the Sea in Ships See more »

Filming Locations:

Seal Beach, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Arthur Hohl. See more »

Goofs

In the ship's log on OCCURRENCES and REMARKS for the captains Buried at sea this day entry it shows the date as Thurs,day. The 13. Of Jan. 1888. This date was actually on Friday. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: NEW BEDFORD 1887 See more »

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Referenced in The Doctor and the Girl (1949) See more »

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Shenandoah
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Traditional
Arranged by Alfred Newman
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Poignant Sea Adventure with Great Cast of Characters
23 May 2005 | by jatodogSee all my reviews

Down to the Sea in Ships is a grand sea adventure in the tradition of Captains Courageous, Moby Dick, and Treasure Island, full of great actors playing interesting characters, with decent special effects for it's time, and an intelligent, sometimes profound, script. Lionel Barrymore plays Captain Joy, the Master of a whaling ship about to be retired. He wants his young grandson (Dean Stockwell) to carry on the family tradition and eventually become master of the ship. But the boy lacks the appropriate education and seems unable to learn. On his last voyage, Joy appoints the new first mate, Lunceford (Richard Widmark) - also his tentative replacement - to the job of educating his grandson. It takes Lunceford a while to win the boy's confidence, and when he finally does, the old Captain seems to become jealous. Then when a boat is lost in the fog with the boy aboard, Lunceford launches a second rescue boat against regulations, and the Captain must discipline him. This dilemma between duty and personal devotion develops a tense situation between the three of them, with dramatic impact that makes Down to the Sea In Ships one of the most poignant films of it's kind, fully in league with those mentioned above. I don't want to giving away any more of the plot, but rest assured that the tension carries through suspense-fully to a perilous climax. The great supporting cast includes Gene Lockhart, Cecil Kelloway, Harry Morgan, Harry Davenport, and Jay C. Flippen.


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