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Until They Sail
     

Until They Sail

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Director: Robert Wise

Cast: Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Paul Newman

 

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Adapted by Robert Anderson from a story by James A. Michener, the Robert Wise-directed soaper Until They Sail is set in World-War-II New Zealand. Paul Newman plays been-there-done-that U.S. marine captain Jack Harding, assigned to investigate servicemen's requests to marry local girls. An unemotional cipher, Harding begins to warm up when he meets war widow

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Adapted by Robert Anderson from a story by James A. Michener, the Robert Wise-directed soaper Until They Sail is set in World-War-II New Zealand. Paul Newman plays been-there-done-that U.S. marine captain Jack Harding, assigned to investigate servicemen's requests to marry local girls. An unemotional cipher, Harding begins to warm up when he meets war widow Barbara Leslie Forbes (Jean Simmons), a woman with three sisters (played by Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie, and Sandra Dee -- what a gene pool!). The Newman-Simmons relationship is played against the romance between uptight spinster Anne Leslie (Fontaine) and good-natured officer Richard Bates (Charles Drake), and the dysfunctional marriage between the emotionally desperate (and nymphomaniacal) Delia Leslie (Laurie) and slimy Shiner Friskett (Wally Cassell), who is off in battle. The fourth sister, Evelyn (Dee), watches her sisters' amorous pursuits longingly, her mind occupied by her own true love, who is off to war. Until They Sail was a copacetic reunion between star Newman and director Robert Wise, who'd previously collaborated in Somebody Up There Likes Me.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An effective war time soap opera, Until They Sail is an entertaining, if superficial, look at the trials and tribulations of a rather unlikely New Zealand family -- unlikely because it is simply hard to imagine the likes of Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Dee as sisters (let alone as New Zealand-ers). Still, once one gets past this Hollywood casting, it's a treat to see four such appetizing stars on screen, and when a young Paul Newman is thrown into the mix, it's clear that Sail at the very least provides plenty of visual entertainment. The story that these actors are employed in is a sudsy, rather predictable one, but it's given the proper treatment in Robert Anderson's smartly crafted screenplay and definitely "works." Is it a bit unbelievable? Yes, but then we've already established a certain level of unbelievability via the casting, so it comes out fine. Robert Wise's direction is slick and appropriate, if not among his best jobs; he doesn't seem to have a personal stake in this effort and so he comes across as somewhat mechanical, if always effective. Joseph Ruttenberg's lensing is appropriately atmospheric and captures the stars at their most appealing. Newman and Simmons come off quite well; Fontaine and Dee not quite so well.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2011
UPC:
0883316331217
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
6,736

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Simmons Barbara Leslie Forbes
Joan Fontaine Anne Leslie
Paul Newman Capt. Jack Harding
Piper Laurie Delia Leslie
Charles Drake Capt. Richard Bates
Sandra Dee Evelyn Leslie
Wally Cassell Phil "Shiner" Friskett
Alan Napier Prosecution
Ralph Votrian Max Murphy
John Wilder Tommy
Tige Andrews US Marine
Adam Kennedy Lt. Andy
Mickey Shaughnessy US Marine
Nicky Blair US Marine
William Boyett US Marine
Jim Cox Marine
James Douglas Marine with Girl
Phyllis Douglas New Zealand Girl
Don Eitner Actor
Stanley Fraser Court Crier
Jimmy Hayes US Marine
Kendrick Huxham Judge
Morgan Jones US Marine
Robert Keys Maj. Campbell
Pamela Light Actor
Patrick MacNee Private Duff
Roger McGee US Marine
Vesey O'Davoren Reverend
Pat O'Hara Policeman
Hilda Plowright Woman
John Rosser Actor
David Thursby Trainman
James Todd Attorney
Anne Wakefield Mrs. Campbell
Patrick Waltz Actor
Ben Wright Defense

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Robert Anderson Screenwriter
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Paul Groesse Art Director
William Horning Art Director
Harold Kress Editor
David Raksin Score Composer,Songwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Charles Schnee Producer
James A. Michener Source Author

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Until They Sail 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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