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In the early day of World War II, the crew of English cargo ship the SS Glencairn -- including Swede Olsen (John Wayne), Englishman Smitty (Ian Hunter), American Yank (Ward Bond), and Irishmen Driscoll (Thomas Mitchell) and Cocky (Barry Fitzgerald) -- is sailing from the West Indies to Baltimore. Upon their arrival, their new cargo -- a load of dynamite -- puts the men ill at ease, as does the chance that there may be a Nazi spy on board and the general loneliness of seafaring.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Mitchell
Driscoll
John Ford
Director
Dudley Nichols
Screenwriter
John Ford
Producer
Richard Hageman
Original Music
Gregg Toland
Cinematographer
Sherman Todd
Film Editor
James Basevi
Art Director
Julia Heron
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Critic Reviews for The Long Voyage Home

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Audience Reviews for The Long Voyage Home

  • Jun 29, 2017
    A year before the United States entered WW2 (although it was already hot over in Europe) comes this adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's look at the lives of a crew of merchant seamen. John Ford uses many of his usual players, something of a theater company, and so the camaraderie of old hands working together permeates the work. John Wayne is listed as the star but that's not necessarily so. This is Thomas Mitchell's film, with Barry Fitzgerald co-starring, but its really a company work. Wayne is only in a supporting role as a Swedish crewman (and one of the worst Swedish accents in film history short of comedy, but the Duke is game and throws with all he has). It's a interesting tale in that, like the lives of the men portrayed, there is no real destination, only the going from port to port, dealing with the problems every voyage might present, little lost boys of the sea ... and so an undercurrent of sadness ... good storytelling.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    Dreadfully dull tale featuring a very young John Wayne talking about probably the most boring cross Atlantic trip ever taken. Someone is a German spy on board and the audience doesn't care.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    Story of a mixed bunch a merchant sailors. It's funny to hear John Wayne play a Swede. His accent is almost as bad as Jamie Lee Curtis's one in Trading Places, and that was on purpose. Thomas Mitchell is a character as always.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2010
    I really love this movie for being so completely unique and moody. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking and the way John Ford manipulates the camera is completely revolutionary. This is from what I can tell one of the first anti-war messages for WWII, it's very direct and not overdone or sappy. This has great characters, an ensemble drama that should never be forgotten.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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