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Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1949 (UK)
Whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling trip to teach him core life values while First Mate Dan Lunceford is tasked with tutoring Jed.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... First Mate Dan Lunceford
Lionel Barrymore ... Capt. Bering Joy
Dean Stockwell ... Jed Joy
Cecil Kellaway ... Slush Tubbs
Gene Lockhart ... Andrew L. Bush
Berry Kroeger ... Manchester
John McIntire ... Thatch
Harry Morgan ... Britton (as Henry Morgan)
Harry Davenport ... Benjamin Harris
Paul Harvey ... Capt. John Briggs
Jay C. Flippen ... Luke Sewell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Donnelly ... New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)
Hubert E. Flanagan Hubert E. Flanagan ... Capt. Rumley (scenes deleted)
Connie Marshall ... New Bedford Neighbor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

At the end of the 19th century, Massachusetts whaling ship captain Bering Joy takes his grandson Jed on a whaling expedition.The old captain wants to teach his spoiled grandson real life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom, fairness and hard work.At the same time, First Mate Dan Lunceford is entrusted with tutoring the boy in his schoolwork.A small competition and rivalry starts when both men,Captain Joy and First Mate Lunceford, strive to become young Jed's male role model.Captain Joy may have the wisdom dictated by his life's experiences but young Jed's imagination is rather captivated by Dan Lunceford's seafaring tales. Written by nufs68

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The Sea's Mightiest Drama! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitanes del mar See more »

Filming Locations:

Seal Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 30, 1951, with Lionel Barrymore and Richard Widmark reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In the ship's log on OCCURRENCES and REMARKS for the captains Buried at sea this day entry it shows the date as Thurs,day. The 13. Of Jan. 1888. This date was actually on Friday. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: NEW BEDFORD 1887 See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Doctor and the Girl (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Rolling Home
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Traditional
Arranged by Cyril J. Mockridge and Edward B. Powell
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Outstanding Performances!
11 April 2005 | by bowiebksSee all my reviews

Although rather long (2 hours), the leisurely pace of this film works very well, and I would rank the performances of the three leads (Barrymore, Widmark and Stockwell) as among the best each of them every gave on film. In fact, this may be the best of Lionel Barrymore's "grumpy old man" roles, and his relationship with grandson Stockwell is beautifully presented and developed. The cast is packed with great supporting players; it seems every role was cast with care. Look for the great Paul Harvey ashore, as well as a wonderful scene with Dorothy Adams as the school teacher. Crew aboard the whaling ship includes Jay C. Flippen, John McIntyre, Berry Kroeger, etc. This movie is a real treat, and a "family film" of the highest order.


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