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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 !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Far from being a womanizer, as depicted in the movie, Captain Christopher Jones was a happily-married family man. He and his wife had eight children, one of whom was born in March, 1621, while Jones was still at the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, waiting for favorable weather to return home to England on the "Mayflower." See more »

Goofs

The New World was visited in 1607. In One scene they show a map of the Massachusetts area. They call it New England but they are headed to Virginia. How could they have mapped out New England without having visited it yet? See more »

Quotes

Capt. Christopher Jones: I can see through this clean New World talk.
Gilbert Winslow: It's possible, Captain Jones, you see no further than the end of your nose. These are honest men.
Capt. Christopher Jones: There are no honest men!
Gilbert Winslow: There are those that try to be.
Capt. Christopher Jones: I've lived long enough in the world to know what men are made of.
[Looking out to sea]
Capt. Christopher Jones: There's the good of the world, Mr. Winslow - the good clean sea and my ship... my good ship. I put faith in my ship, and she's never failed me. Don't put your faith in men, and you'll never be disappointed.
Gilbert Winslow: ...
[...]
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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 »

Soundtracks

Confess Jehovah Thankfully
(1612) (uncredited)
by Henry Ainsworth
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Hollywood's Pilgrims
23 November 2001 | by sky3walkerSee all my reviews

Where is the masterpiece American film on this dramatic voyage and settlement of the founders of our democracy? Plymouth Adventure, the best of its kind, has many of the virtues of great American studio work (convincing mise en scene, great ship, vivid action [the storm], fine acting [try to ignore the hobbled accents], and smooth story continuity) and can be enjoyed because of all that, but it never conveys a sense of the agonized desperation and profound spiritual quest of the dissenters. Perhaps Gene Tierney is just too beautfiul, perhaps the costumes are just too sparkling, and certainly the tragic affair with the Captain is better suited to a Douglas Sirk melodrama. For a different account, one can view Mayflower (Anthony Hopkins version), but that errs on the side of political correctness, and drab plotting, and tub-sails a low-budget toy Mayflower. We await the great film about the adventure of these heroic common folks to whom we owe so much.


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