Adventure

Adventure

Director: Victor Fleming

Cast: Clark Gable, Greer Garson, Joan Blondell

     
 

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A middle-aged Clark Gable returned from active duty in World War II to star in this MGM release that was heavily advertised as his big comeback. Gable is Harry Patterson, the bosun mate on a merchant marine vessel, a tough sailor and fighter with the proverbial girl in every port. But while in a San Francisco library, looking up a book on the human soul for his… See more details below

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A middle-aged Clark Gable returned from active duty in World War II to star in this MGM release that was heavily advertised as his big comeback. Gable is Harry Patterson, the bosun mate on a merchant marine vessel, a tough sailor and fighter with the proverbial girl in every port. But while in a San Francisco library, looking up a book on the human soul for his sidekick Mudgin (Thomas Mitchell), who thinks his soul has departed his body, Harry meets librarian Emily Sears (Greer Garson), whom he woos, marries, and leaves to sail off on another freighter. When he returns, Emily has retreated to an old farm to await the birth of their child. Harry continues to resent staying in one place, but he ultimately changes his tune when his baby's life hangs in the balance. Garson and Joan Blondell, playing her outspoken best friend, are both terrific, and Gable gives a less heroic performance that's a thoughtful change for him, although critics at the time were less than charitable.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Judged a misfire at the time of its release, Adventure is actually a decent little film. Part of the problem in 1945 is that viewers hearing that Clark Gable would appear in a film called Adventure must have expected quite a different picture than this relatively quiet, light-but-touching feature. The adventure of the title is really the adventure of giving up a rough bachelor's life and learning to become committed to a wife and family. Not that there isn't action along the way, but the film is essentially a romance and a coming-of-age story for an adult man. This summary makes the screenplay sound better than it is, but in actuality the script never really finds its footing, despite a few memorable scenes and some nifty stretches of dialogue. Gable gives a nicely nuanced performance and does himself proud in the setpiece scene in which he saves his baby's life. Greer Garson is lovely, and Joan Blondell and Thomas Mitchell steal a couple of scenes quite handily. Victor Fleming's direction is inconsistent, quite good in some sections and ineffective in others.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2011
UPC:
0883316353127
Original Release:
1945
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
40,867

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Harry Patterson
Greer Garson Emily Sears
Joan Blondell Helen Melohn
Thomas Mitchell Mudgin
Tom Tully Gus
Richard Haydn Emo
John Qualen Model T
Lina Romay Maria
Philip Merivale Old Ramon Estado
Harry Davenport Dr. Ashlan
Tito Renaldo Young Ramon Estado
Stanley Andrews Officer
Barbara Billingsley Dame
Sayre Dearing Roulette Man
Eddie Hart Milkman
Chef Joseph Milani Rudolfo
Sue Moore Dames
Lee Phelps Bartender
Rebel Randall Actor
Martha Wentworth Woman
Tom Kingston Chip Man
Morris Ankrum Mr. Ludlow
Florence Auer Landlady
Betty Blythe Mrs. Buckley
Joseph Crehan Ed
Max Davidson Man in library
Pedro de Cordoba Felipe
Bess Flowers Modiste
Byron Foulger Littleton
Martin Garralaga Nick, bartender
Dorothy Granger Cashier
Esther Howard Blister
Rex Ingram Black Preacher
Charles La Torre Tony
Marta Linden Adele
Claire McDowell Woman in library
Kay Medford Red
Ralph Peters Joe
Elizabeth Russell First dame
Ray Teal Rico
Joan Thorsen Model
Audrey Totter Ethel
Harry Tyler Doctor
Dorothy Vaughan Mrs. Ludlow
Pierre Watkin Mr. Buckley
Harry Wilson Big mug
Jack Young Captain
Gary Owen Jabbo

Technical Credits
Victor Fleming Director
Frederick Hazlitt Brennan Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frederick Hazlitt Screenwriter
Marion Herwood Keyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Vincent Lawrence Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Frank Sullivan Editor
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
William H. Wright Screenwriter
Sam Zimbalist Producer

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