90 Days of Oscar Nominees #25 – The Long Voyage Home (1940)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 25th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Best thing to do with memories is… forget em. ” – Donkeyman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – The lives of a band of seafaring men is shown as they travel from the Caribbean towards England during the early days of World War II.

My Take on it – This is another film that I knew nothing about before watching it besides the fact that it was another John Ford directed film.

The story itself is quite good because it allows us to see the difficulties of men who have chosen to live their lives at sea eventhough not everything is always done in the proper and legal manner.

The lives of these men are extremely cyclical following each voyage as they debate whethere to continue this kind of life or not both prior to and after the breakout of World War II.

Ford uses his group of standard actors in many of the roles and they all fit in nicely and help the story work even better because of it.

Really liked the camaraderie of these men who spend so much time together that they get to know one another extremely well that they can even try and predict what they will do in the near future.

I did enjoy this film, but I still question whether this is the kind of story deserving of being named one of the Best films of the year.

Perhaps, when it came out, things were seen differently and the atmosphere of the times about war helped make this film even more popular.

Bottom Line – Nice premise about the difficulties of men who live their lives at sea where not everyone does things in the proper and just way.  The way that they show the cyclical nature of their lives following each voyage says much about the culture of these men both prior to and during the outbreak of World War II. Great cast helps this story work especially with the ‘regulars’ of Ford doing their part. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Eugene O’Neill’s favorite film. John Ford gave him a print of it, which O’Neill wore out from repeated playing of the reel. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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2 thoughts on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #25 – The Long Voyage Home (1940)

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