The Long Voyage Home

The Long Voyage Home

John Ford (1940)

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Our Score
This near masterpiece from director John Ford was scripted by Stagecoach's Dudley Nichols from four one-act seafaring plays by Eugene O'Neill, and it bears that satisfying streak of grim melancholy that typifies the finest work of one of America's greatest writers. Although the film is relentlessly studio bound, the magnificent photography of Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane) captures the dangerous atmosphere as a freighter transports a cargo of dynamite across the Atlantic during the Second World War. Top billed is John Wayne, playing a Swedish merchant seaman, accent and all, and he's backed up by an extremely effective all-male supporting cast. This movie was said to be O'Neill's favourite film - Ford gave him a copy and the playwright allegedly wore it out through repeated screenings.


A cargo ship sets off on a journey from the West Indies to Baltimore then on to Britain during the Second World War. The sailors find the transatlantic crossing a tense experience, as they deal with a dangerous cargo of explosives and a new recruit whom they fear may be a German spy. Drama, starring John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell.

Cast & Crew

Ole Olsen John Wayne
Aloysius Driscoll Thomas Mitchell
Smitty Ian Hunter (1)
Cocky Barry Fitzgerald
Captain Wilfrid Lawson
Freda Mildred Natwick
Axel Swanson John Qualen
Yank Ward Bond
Donkey man Arthur Shields
Davis Joe Sawyer
Limehouse crimp J M Kerrigan
Tropical woman Rafaela Ottiano
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video