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Plymouth Adventure (1952)

Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Ernest Gebler (novel), Helen Deutsch (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Capt. Christopher Jones
Gene Tierney ... Dorothy Bradford
Van Johnson ... John Alden
Leo Genn ... William Bradford
Barry Jones ... William Brewster
Dawn Addams ... Priscilla Mullins
Lloyd Bridges ... Coppin
Noel Drayton ... Miles Standish
John Dehner ... Gilbert Winslow
Tommy Ivo ... William Button
Lowell Gilmore ... Edward Winslow
The Mayflower The Mayflower ... Itself
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Storyline

The story of the voyage of the "Mayflower" in its historic voyage across the Atlantic to the New World. The passenger list includes John Alden and Priscilla Mullins among those who made the 96-day storm-filled crossing. Along the way the Captain has an ill-starred romance with the wife of a religious fanatic that ends in a sudden, dramatic way off the coast of Cape Cod. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MGM presents The Great TECHNICOLOR Drama of the Sea !


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Plymouth Adventure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,185,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Native Americans living in the area, the Patuxet, were totally wiped out by a series of epidemics between 1616-1619 caught from English fishermen who landed regularly in the area. Luckily for the colonists, they built in the cleared area where the Indian village stood and utilized the cleared farm land that the tribe had abandoned. See more »

Goofs

The Mayflower did not establish the first settlement in New England, for George Popham founded a colony of 120 souls there in 1607, thirteen years earlier. After many died from the hazards that Captain Jones warns the Pilgrims about, the few survivors departed. See more »

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Offscreen chorus in opening titles: During production, the film's composer, Miklos Rozsa, suggested that the main title feature a musical setting around text from the Ainsworth Psalter, written by English Separatist clergyman Henry Ainsworth, first published in Holland in 1612 and brought to America by the Pilgrims in 1620. The sung lyrics in the version used in the film are
[singing]
Offscreen chorus in opening titles: Confess Jehovah thankfully for He is good, for his Mercie continueth forever. To God of gods confesse do ye because His bountiful mercie continueth ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are the most comprehensive cast list. After each actor is shown in character, in reverse order from the opening credits, the ship The Mayflower (a replica of the 1620 vessel) is shown floating in the water and identified by a graphic. See more »

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Confess Jehovah Thankfully
(1612) (uncredited)
by Henry Ainsworth
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Beautiful and romantic with wonderful dialogue
30 August 2015 | by Catharina_SwedenSee all my reviews

This is a very fine movie! As I am not American these pilgrims have not meant so much to me - although I recognized a name or two - but now I feel I know them and understand them a little. Not only because of what I learned in the movie itself, but from the reading I have done after wards because it awakened my interest and curiosity. Good historical movies shall work just like that - and for a good cause a little poetical license is acceptable! Because without the unconsummated and tragic love story, also if it did not happen in reality, this movie would not have been half as thrilling.

Some reviewers here have complained that Spencer Tracy looks too old to play Captain Jones, but I find this strange as the real Captain Jones was the same age as Tracy... and as Jones also partook of the hardships on board, not only on this famous voyage but in a whole life at sea, and in fact died only a year after he returned to England, HE probably did not look like a spring chicken either... I also must admit that I at least find Tracy attractive in this part!

The best thing about this movie is the dialogue; there are many lines that are as beautiful as poetry. Captain Jones' words when he talks of his broken ship, his lonely nights and his feverish longing for Mrs Bradford, is some of the best dialogue I have ever heard in a love scene written for a movie. Very pungent and erotic with a feeling of impending doom...

The feeling of being transported to the time period is very good. The sailing part is as far as I can see accurate - you get to see a little of the sailors really working the sails, pulling up the anchor etc. (I would have wanted more of this). The photo is beautiful and there are impressive storm scenes etc..

There is one thing lacking though: I would have expected more religious ardor from the passengers. More spirit. After all: these are the founding fathers!!! I think they come out as too ordinary, too preoccupied with practical matters like any migrating peasants.


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