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Until They Sail (1957)

During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Robert Anderson (screenplay), James A. Michener (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Barbara Leslie Forbes
Joan Fontaine ... Anne Leslie
Paul Newman ... Capt. Jack Harding
Piper Laurie ... Delia Leslie Friskett
Charles Drake ... Capt. Richard Bates
Sandra Dee ... Evelyn Leslie
Wally Cassell ... Phil Friskett aka Shiner
Alan Napier ... Prosecution Attorney
Ralph Votrian Ralph Votrian ... Max Murphy
John Wilder ... Tommy
Tige Andrews ... US Marine, Store Customer
Adam Kennedy Adam Kennedy ... Andy, Delia's Lover
Mickey Shaughnessy ... US Marine, Store Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Macnee ... Pvt. Duff (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Couldn't Have The Love They Wanted, So They Took The Love They Could Get!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1957 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Famintas de Amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,841,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$745,000, 31 December 1957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,420,000, 31 December 1957
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo | 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Aspen Pictures, owned by Mark Robson and Robert Wise, bought two stories from James A. Michener's anthology "Return to Paradise." After Robson filmed one of the stories as "Return to Paradise" with Gary Cooper, they ran out of funding and had to sell the rights to the other story, "Until They Sail" to Burt Lancaster. Some years later the it ended up with Charles Schnee at MGM. By then Wise was at Metro and requested to film the property. See more »

Goofs

The first time Jean Simmons' character meets Paul Newman's character is in a Wellington, New Zealand restaurant, in 1942 or 1943 (American troops first arrived there in 1942, the war ended in 1945). Newman is reading an early paperback copy of the book "Nine Stories", by J.D. Salinger. The hardback version was published in 1953. The Signet first paperback edition Newman is reading was published in July 1954. The title is very briefly but clearly visible as Newman closes the book and puts it down. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Leslie Forbes: [Last lines] If my father could read the history of his daughters...
Capt. Jack Harding: He'd understand.
Barbara Leslie Forbes: As they say, to understand is to forgive. Or is it, to understand is not to forgive? I can never remember.
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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Until They Sail
Music by David Raksin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Eydie Gormé
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First impressions can be deceiving...
15 November 2005 | by icblue02See all my reviews

I have to admit, when I first heard of this film, I didn't think it would keep my interest or attention. The casting, albeit comprised of talented performers, seemed a little odd: 40 year old Fontaine and 13 year old Sandra Dee as sisters sounds a little far fetched, but the pairing actually plays out believably on screen. The age difference translates into a believable mother/daughter type of sisterly relationship, which is appropriate since Fontaine's character has been left to tend to her three sisters after her parents' death.

Preconceived notions aside, the story is a compelling one, centering around four sisters in WWII New Zealand. Fontaine, Dee, Jean Simmons, and Piper Laurie all turn in admirable performances as the Lesley sisters in a plot that can sometimes seem a little implausible, or at the very least, ahead of it's time. Paul Newman also co-stars as a Marine officer who plays a pivotal role in the lives of the sisters, namely Simmons' character.

Not the best role of any of the principal actors' careers, but definitely worth seeing, especially if you are drawn to WWII era dramas.


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