The Long Voyage Home (1940)




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Movie Info

Four one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill form the basis of John Ford's World War II drama about the lives of merchant seamen. John Wayne stars as Ole Olsen, a young Swede attempting to get home as the rest of his crew prepares for shore leave; when he is drugged and kidnapped by the members of a rival ship, battle ensues.
Classics , Drama
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Criterion Collection


John Wayne
as Olson
Thomas Mitchell
as Driscoll
Ian Hunter
as Smitty
Ward Bond
as Yank
Wilfred Lawson
as Captain
Arthur Shields
as Donkey Man
Wilfrid Lawson
as Captain
Joe Sawyer
as Davis
J.M. Kerrigan
as Limehouse crimp
Rafaela Ottiano
as Tropical Woman
Carmen D'Antonio
as Girls in Canoe
David Hughes
as Scotty
Billy Bevan
as Joe, Limehouse barman
Cyril McLaglen
as First Mate
Bob Perry
as Paddy
Jack Pennick
as Johnny Bergman
Bing Conley
as Limehouse Roustabout
Douglas Walton
as Second Lieutenant
Harry Woods
as First Mate of Amindra
James Flavin
as Dock Policeman
Arthur Miles
as Captain of Amindra
Lionel Pape
as Mr. Clifton
Guy Kingsford
as London Policeman
Tina Menard
as Bumboat Girl
Judith Linden
as Bumboat Girl
Elena Martinez
as Bumboat Girl
Art Miles
as Captain of Amindra
Lita Cortez
as Bumboat Girl
Soledad Gonzales
as Bumboat Girl
Wyndham Standing
as British Naval Officer
Lowell Drew
as Bald Man
Sammy Stein
as Seaman
Ky Robinson
as Limehouse Roustabout
Lee Shumway
as Dock Policeman
Leslie Sketchley
as London Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Long Voyage Home

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

One of the finest of all the movies that deal with life at sea, and one of the most successful of all attempts to put Eugene O'Neill on film ...

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's not the most focused and sustained movie, but the solid acting and elegant direction elevate this to another level. What could have been a routine melodrama ends up being quite a classy production.

Full Review… | April 13, 2013
Film Geek Central

An eerily beautiful wartime film.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

Less a plot-driven movie than a meandering look at the nomadic men who make their lives on the high seas for various reasons.

Full Review… | April 3, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Shot by master cinematographer Gregg Toland, this is one of John Ford's most visually expressive film, one that also features the young John Wayne in a strong performance

Full Review… | November 9, 2006

Mainly noted for the quality innovative photography done by cinematographer Gregg Toland.

Full Review… | September 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Long Voyage Home

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Interesting, but not really much of a movie. There's some developments that happen, but they don't really add up to anything in particular. John Wayne played someone way outside of his normal character though.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

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 Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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