Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Long Voyage Home

The Long Voyage Home (1940) is not a typical film. Unlike most of the films of that time, it focuses on all of the cast instead of a star. It's directed by John Ford and it features John Wayne but it's not a Western. Seeing John Wayne play a part of a Swedish sailor and not in the lead is very unusual. He does it well.

All actors are excellent. Thomas Mitchell as Driscoll is one of my favorite characters of the movie. The scene with the letter is very touching as well as the one in the bar at the end.

There's a superb performance by Ian Hunter as Smittys too.

One of the greatest Ford's accomplishments in this film is keeping the action confined to a small space without making it seem boring.

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