Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast

Director: John Farrow, Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix

Cast: John Farrow, Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix

     
 

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Based on a famous book by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., this grueling saga of shipboard oppression is set in the mid-19th century. Charles Stewart (Alan Ladd), the wealthy son of a Boston shipowner, is hijacked by Amazeen (William Bendix), the first mate on a ship bound for California. Francis Thompson (Howard Da Silva) is the tyrannical captain of the Pilgrim who

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Based on a famous book by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., this grueling saga of shipboard oppression is set in the mid-19th century. Charles Stewart (Alan Ladd), the wealthy son of a Boston shipowner, is hijacked by Amazeen (William Bendix), the first mate on a ship bound for California. Francis Thompson (Howard Da Silva) is the tyrannical captain of the Pilgrim who was booted out of the U.S. Navy for mistreating his sailors. Now he wants to set a record sailing time, and he and Amazeen mete out severe punishment for the slightest of infractions. They even deny the men permission to go ashore and pick fruit when they stop in California and pick up the beautiful Maria Dominguez (Esther Fitzgerald). Without fruit, the men develop scurvy and begin to mutiny. Stewart allies himself with the author Dana (Brian Donlevy), whose brother died on one of Captain Thompson's previous voyages. Dana wants to write an expose of Thompson. Stewart steals guns and tries to take over the ship, but Amazeen subdues and imprisons him. The film was shot on a Hollywood set, but with devices on the set that simulate rolling waves so effectively that much of the cast got seasick. ~ Michael Betzold

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A box office winner in 1946, Two Years Before the Mast hasn't borne the passage of time particularly well, but it's still an agreeable way to pass an hour and a half, especially for those who are devotees of all things having to do with the high seas. Mast should be a better picture than it is, as it has a lot of good things going for it. Its cast, for example, ranges from the fine to the exceptional. Star Alan Ladd belongs to the former; his work here is more than adequate, but not the star turn that one wants. He also feels distinctly out of period and not exactly comfortable at all times in the part. Better is Brain Donlevy, whose quieter performance has some surprises, and William Bendix as the second-in-command who helps keeps his fellows down. Best of all is Howard Da Silva, whose tormenting, torturous, heartless captain burns in the memory like a hot brand. John farrow's direction is appropriately muscular, and he does a good job of filming ocean sequences on a studio set; but Farrow doesn't seem as in control of his movie as Da Silva is of his ship. It sputters along rather than sailing, and the whole ends up lesser than the sum of its parts.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2016
UPC:
0025192139505
Original Release:
1946
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
7,618

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd Charles Stewart
Brian Donlevy Richard Henry Dana
William Bendix Amazeen
Roman Bohnen Macklin
George Bruggeman Sailor No. 4
Barry Fitzgerald Dooley
James Burke Carrick
Howard Da Silva Capt. Francis Thompson
Ray Collins Gordon Stewart
Esther Fernandez Maria Dominguez
Pedro de Cordoba Don Sebastian
Albert Dekker Brown
Clint Dorrington Sailor No. 5
Frank Faylen Hansen
Darryl Hickman Sam Hooper
David Kashner Sailor
Bob Kortman Bobson
Ethan Laidlaw Clark
Mike Lally Sailor No. 9
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Gordon Stewart
Theodore Newton Hayes
Tom Powers Bellamer
Rosa Rey Mercedes
John Roy Sailor No. 1
Carl Voss Sailor No. 7
Stanley Andrews Policeman
George Carleton Hallet
David Clyde Butler
James Flavin Crimp with Amazeen
Rex Lease Rider
Arthur Loft Crabtree
Barry Macollum Chief Clerk
Joe Palma Actor
Edwin Stanley Blake
Pierre Watkin Staunton
Blackie Whiteford Actor
Crane Whitley Broker
Luis Van Rooten Foster
Duncan Renaldo Mexican Captain

Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Franz Bachelin Art Director
George Bruce Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Devereaux Jennings Special Effects
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Seton Miller Producer,Screenwriter
Edna Warren Editor
Victor Young Score Composer

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