Adventure (1945)





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In this adventure comedy, a pugnacious, womanizing sailor does a favor for a friend and heads for the San Francisco library to investigate the history of the human soul for a buddy who believes that his soul fled his body during a knife fight on Powell Street. While there, the rowdy sailor meets a quiet but beautiful librarian and falls instantly in love. They have a passionate courtship, but eventually he must leave on a new ship. Later he returns and discovers that she is pregnant and living on an old farm until the baby is born. Her best friend finds the sailor and chastizes him for being such an irresponsible louse. She convinces him to do right by his love. They marry and he reluctantly settles down on the farm, hating being land bound and doing little to disguise it until the baby is born. It's a difficult birth and the child is weak and barely alive. Suddenly it all becomes clear to the sailor/father who holds the child passionately to his breast and with a grand speech and the power of love, gets the child to breathe. Meanwhile, his exhausted wife has heard everything and at last realizes that he will not leave her after all.
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Clark Gable
as Harry Patterson
Greer Garson
as Emily Sears
Joan Blondell
as Helen Melohn
John Qualen
as Model T
Lina Romay
as Maria
Philip Merivale
as "Old" Ramon Estado
Harry Davenport
as Dr. Ashlon
Tito Renaldo
as "Young" Ramon Estado
Sue Moore
as Dame
Esther Howard
as Blister
Florence Auer
as Landlady
Eddie Hart
as Milkman
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
Morris Ankrum
as Mr. Ludlow
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Buckley
Max Davidson
as Man in library
Audrey Totter
as Littleton
Rex Ingram
as Black Preacher
Bess Flowers
as Modiste
Tom Kingston
as Chip Man
Sayre Dearing
as Roulette Man
Claire McDowell
as Woman in library
Ray Teal
as Rico
Harry Tyler
as Doctor
Dorothy Vaughan
as Mrs. Ludlow
Pierre Watkin
as Mr. Buckley
Harry Wilson
as Big mug
Jack Young
as Captain
Garry Owen
as Jabbo
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Critic Reviews for Adventure

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Clark Gable's first MGM vehicle after WWII service, (mis)matching him with the ladylike Greer Garson, was a critical and commercial disappointment.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

Audience Reviews for Adventure

Broad characters and an unusual post war plot, take you to an unexpected resolution. Although the movie is over the top many times, Gable and Garson are as always, fun to watch. I thought their chemistry was fine although others have thought differently. With a great supporting cast this a classic example of this genre of film and well worth your time.

Tim Berryman
Tim Berryman

good stuff 4/15/2011 rewatch: thought the story been done b4 this odd couple pairing of gable & garson works doesn't hurt to have great supporting cast includinng thomas mitchell (stagecoach).

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

Adventure (1945) "Gable's back and Garson's got him!" That's what MGM's advertising guys cooked up to spark interest in this movie. Unfortunately, the movie didn't deliver quite as well as everyone expected. Still, it's not that bad of a movie. This was Clark Gable's first movie after doing his active duty in Europe. Greer Garson acting career was in full gear after her academy award-winning "Mrs. Miniver". And of course a great director like Victor Fleming. So you would think that "Adventure" would be an automatic great movie. Gable plays his trademarked rough, tough, and rakish womanizer (who only needs the love of a good woman to change his bad ways), Harry Patterson. This time he's a bosun merchant marine, loving his free, easy, and adventurous lifestyle of the sea. Garson plays Emily Sears a cultured librarian who wants to settle down. And, Thomas Mitchell plays Mudgin, one of Harry's Irish shipmates who, while not going to any church, is a bit of a confused religious nut. Their boat gets torpedoed by a Japanese sub, and Mudgin makes a bargain with God. After falling back on old habits and braking his bargain, Mudgin felt that he lost his soul. There's not that much chemistry between Harry and Emily. Harry was obviously much more compatible with Joan Blondell's wilder Helen Melohn character, but the love affair between Harry and Emily had to somewhat work for the sake of the whole plot.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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