The World in His Arms

Overview

Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn play two seal-hunting rivals in this adventure film set in the days when Alaska was a Russian territory. Peck is adventuring seafarer Jonathan Clark, who falls in love with Russian Countess Marina Selanova Ann Blyth while the countess is in San Francisco fleeing an arranged marriage to the vile Prince Semyon Carl Esmond. The Countess wants to hire a ship to take her to Sitka, AK, where her uncle, General Ivan Vorashilov Sig Rumann, is governor. Portugee Quinn can't raise money for ...
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Overview

Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn play two seal-hunting rivals in this adventure film set in the days when Alaska was a Russian territory. Peck is adventuring seafarer Jonathan Clark, who falls in love with Russian Countess Marina Selanova Ann Blyth while the countess is in San Francisco fleeing an arranged marriage to the vile Prince Semyon Carl Esmond. The Countess wants to hire a ship to take her to Sitka, AK, where her uncle, General Ivan Vorashilov Sig Rumann, is governor. Portugee Quinn can't raise money for the voyage, so the countess agrees to sail with Clark, and the two quickly fall in love. But Prince Semyon sails into San Francisco just as Clark and the Countess are about to be wed, and the prince abducts her and takes her to Alaska, threatening to kill her uncle if she doesn't marry him. Clark and Portugee then agree to race to Alaska, with the winner getting the other's ship and the seal catch. Clark's boat wins the race, but the Russians arrest both the men as seal poachers. Countess Marina agrees to marry Semyon if he will order the seal hunters released. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it has its ups and downs, The World in His Arms is generally a good action-adventure-romance yarn. Chief among its assets is the thrilling sea race that is the centerpiece of the film, with Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn racing up the west coast in a competition that will make one and ruin the other. Credit goes to director Raoul Walsh, whose muscular style is ideal for this type of sequence; he revels in the ocean spray, the waves, the beauty of the magnificent ships in combat. There's so much spirit and heart in this sequence that you can practically touch it. (Credit is also due the expert work of cinematographer Harold Belfer and editor Frank Gross in this section.) If the rest of the film were as exciting as this section, it would be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, this isn't the case -- but fortunately, much of the rest of the film is still quite good and at its worst it's still average. The biggest problem lies with Peck, a superb actor who brings enormous skill to the part but who simply lacks the overt derring-do and danger that is part of the role. No such qualms with Quinn, who plays the part as if he were born to it. Ann Blyth does well as the love interest, and looks lovely. Not perfect, World is still well worth a look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • UPC: 025192084645
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Jonathan Clark
Ann Blyth Countess Marina Selanova
Anthony Quinn The Portuguese
John McIntire Deacon Greathouse
Andrea King Mamie
Carl Esmond Prince Semyon
Eugenie Leontovich Anna Selanova
Hans Conried Eustace
Rhys Williams Eben Cleggett
Sig Rumann Gen. Ivan Vorashilov
Bill Radovich Ogeechuch
Bryan Forbes William Cleggett
Henry Kulky Peter
Carl Andre
Gregg Barton
Frank Chase Seaman
Wee Willie Davis Shanghai Kelley
Carl Harbaugh
Syl Lamont Jose
Gregg Martell
Leo Mostovoy Nicholas
Eve Whitney Lilly
Millicent Patrick Lena
Gregory Gaye Paul Shushaldin
Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Harold Belfer Choreography
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Frank Gross Editor
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- World in His Arms
1. The Boston Man (Main Titles) [7:48]
2. Practically an Outlaw [7:23]
3. Charter Denied [5:18]
4. High Finance [4:37]
5. Wrestle for the Woman [7:15]
6. Paint & Powder [8:11]
7. Feeling Lucky [6:09]
8. The Wedding Day [2:47]
9. Left at the Alter [4:45]
10. Setting Sail [2:15]
11. Make Her Fly [6:03]
12. In Fear [8:02]
13. Voice of the Pribilofs [3:17]
14. A Quick Catch [7:24]
15. In Chains [4:37]
16. Fifty Lashes [5:31]
17. Sorry to Disappoint [3:36]
18. In His Arms [7:55]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- World in His Arms
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   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Classic Schooner Racing Footage

    The plot is sappy, but the footage shot at sea in the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia is breath-takingly beautiful. This reviewer remembers it vividly fifty years later. And you gotta love Mexican-born Tony Quinn playing a ''Portugee''.

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