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Not terribly interesting by todays standards
Moody breath taking cinematography of Gregg Toland make this a great film. Many of John Ford's regulars populate the cast!
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.
A well made sailor movie.
Not a bad film! Life on the Sea!
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.
A real round the world band of brothers story. You can tell it was several stories bound together but Ford made a beautiful movie as ever. The one let down was Wayne playing little more than a fool.
Expertly directed by John Ford this has noir qualities although it is not, and is a subtle pro allied war film from Hollywood even though America was not in the war at this stage. Its most curious aspect is the use, or non use of John Wayne despite his first billing, he does not dominate the screen time and when he is on his Swedish accent is extremely dodgy and unconvincing, especially when his American twang comes through. Essentially this a poetic representation of sailing at sea with a smattering of propaganda.
Beautifully directed, well written and well acted, The Long Voyage Home is really quite something. A motley crew of sailors, and the things they get up to, from wild brawls, to anti-war messages, it's a wonderful film.
Not to mention seeing John Wayne play a lumbering, good-natured Swede.
The Long Voyage Home is a decent film. It is about the lives of the crew on the Glencairn. John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell give good performances. The screenplay is okay because of several flaws. John Ford did a pretty good job directing this movie. I like this motion picture but not a favorite of Ford's films that I have seen.