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All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 13 November 1953 (USA)
In the South Pacific islands, two brothers, one good and one bad, fight over the same girl and over a bag of pearls.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Harry Brown (screen play), Ben Ames Williams (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Joel Shore
Stewart Granger ... Mark Shore
Ann Blyth ... Priscilla Holt
Betta St. John ... Native Girl
Keenan Wynn ... Silva
James Whitmore ... Fetcher
Kurt Kasznar ... Quint
Lewis Stone ... Capt. Holt
Robert Burton ... Asa Worthen
Peter Whitney ... James Finch
John Lupton ... Dick Morrell
Jonathan Cott ... Carter
Mitchell Lewis ... Cook
James Bell ... Aaron Burnham
Leo Gordon ... Peter How
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Storyline

Sea-faring saga of two brothers (Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger) and the woman they both love. Set against South Pacific islands, this love triangle pits the good brother against the bad as they squabble over Ann Blyth and a bag of pearls on the floor of a lagoon; the bad boy redeems himself, however, by helping fend off a mutiny. Written by Ed Lorusso

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MGM's Great Technicolor Romance!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die schwarze Perle See more »

Filming Locations:

Oracabessa, Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,816,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,004,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,628,000, 31 December 1954
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Taylor was initially cast as Priscilla, but was forty pounds overweight, as a result of her recent pregnancy, and so was replaced by Ann Blyth. See more »

Goofs

Women aboard ship were considered bad luck all through the sailing ship days. The superstition even extended part way into the modern era. Crews were known to resist sailing on ship that was to have a woman aboard. See more »

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Version of All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923) See more »

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Great cast, good photography, but hard to believe story
29 July 2009 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Another commenter mentioned the un-likelihood of a whaler captain taking his bride on a projected three-year voyage.

In fact, sailors, a generally superstitious lot, often found women on a ship to be a jinx.

Then, too, today the very act of whaling is so P non-C that a lot of people will object to that aspect, rather than concentrating on the fact the story is set at a time no one saw a particular problem with killing the sea-going mammals for their oil.

Robert Taylor gives one of his best performances; Stewart Granger comes across very well.

Ann Blyth has some good scenes, and some bad ones, but she does them all well.

One really attractive aspect of "All the Brothers" is a superb supporting cast. Peter Whitney, for example, has one of his best roles in a very long career. He too often plays a dumb or bumbling character, but here he is a strong person in a pivotal position.

Leo Gordon has a smaller role, but he stands out, as does John Lupton, in a larger part.

Frank DeKova (whom I met on the set of "Johnny Firecloud") was a superb character actor but who was too often relegated to small roles. He could have been a bigger star, with his talent, but he was recognized by his peers, anyway.

The great Glenn Strange and the great John Doucette were aboard, adding their enormous talents and, as so often true in Hollywood, not getting screen credit.

Come to think of it, this movie is worth watching just for the great cast. But be prepared to suspend your disbelief, and don't look at the blue eyes of the "native girl."


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