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Pilgrimage / Born Reckless (Double Feature) (1933)

Edmund Lowe , Catherine Dale Owen , Andrew Bennison , John Ford  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Edmund Lowe, Catherine Dale Owen, Frank Albertson, Marguerite Churchill, William Harrigan
  • Directors: Andrew Bennison, John Ford
  • Writers: Barry Conners, Basil Woon, Donald Henderson Clarke, Dudley Nichols, Henry Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA6GO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pilgrimage / Born Reckless (Double Feature)" on IMDb

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5.0 out of 5 stars You were lost, and now you are found December 13, 2008
Considered lost, and certainly forgotten, John Ford's 1933 "Pilgrimage" has been digitally restored, and DVD-intact, it has returned; on a two-feature transfer with Ford's 1930 Army-gangster film, "Born Reckless(starring Edmund Lowe)". We have found an early John Ford classic, thanks to Berkeley film archivist David Shepard. "Pilgrimage" is the story of Hannah Jessop and her son, Jimmy, alone and together, on an Arkansas farm. Jimmy falls in love, and wants to marry. Hannah will have none of it. Hannah Jessop is a hard-hearted old woman, proud of her descent from pioneers. When her son falls in love and declares his independence, Hannah is confronted with the dilemma of losing her son. Hannah's solution is chilling: she enlists him in the army. As she puts pen to paper, she is signing what is clearly her son's death warrant, as World War I rages in Europe. To Mary, the girl he loves, she says: "I'd rather see him dead than married to you". In a short scene, on a French battlefield, Jimmy is killed, buried alive in a collapsing trench. Hannah is notified of his death by the town major. Her grief is real, but her stoical nature will allow no verbal expression. John Ford instead conveys her deepest inner fealings in one of the most heartrending moments of visual poetry; her hands are seen reassembling the pieces of a ripped-up photograph of her smiling son. Romantic pessimism unveils the dark side of John Ford. 10 years later, Hannah is coaxed into joining a boatload of other Gold Star Mothers who make a pilgrimage to their sons' graves in France. Ford's comic spirit is seen in the raucous Carolina hillbilly Tilly Hatfield, who befriends Hannah on the boat to France. The earthy, pipe-smoking Tilly has already lost three sons in war. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Ford Film September 29, 2012
By Harry O
Actaully 3 stars for Born Reckless and four stars for Pilgrimmage. Born Reckless is a pretty standard gangster movie (interesting for an early look at Randolph Scott and supposedly John Wayne), but Pilgrimmage is the big surprise on this disc - a lesser known Ford film that is a surprisingly mature and moving drama, graced by an outstanding performance by Henrietta Crosman in a complex (for that time) characterization. Ford, although probably most associated with John Wayne westerns (Stagecoach, The Searchers, etc.), displayed his greatest directorial skills when dealing with human drama. Interestingly enough, not one of his four Oscars (The Informer, The Grapes Of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, and The Quiet Man, all of which are must-see films) was for a western. The film occasionally slides into melodrama, but the viewer needs to remember that this was the acting style of the time. The scenes involving the mothers of young men killed in World War I are particularly memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pilgrimage is worth the price. November 16, 2013
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Two very early John Ford talkies, '30 and '33 respectively; Born Reckless is a dated gangster flick but Pilgrimage is a beautifully wrought tale of redemption for a hardbitten old woman.
The performance by lead actress Henrietta Crosman transcends the rest of the film's dated style. It is Ford and Crosman (and no less than 6 credited screenwriters) melding a characterization of spiritual and humanistic transformation during her "pilgrimage' to her dead son's WWl military grave in France; the mother's possessiveness so profound that she had enlisted him to serve in trench warfare rather than see him marry. She ultimately softens and embraces her son's widow and child and it is the journey of pain and wisdom that is at the film's core.
There is nothing quite like it in the Ford canon for the strength of the female lead, Crossman is brilliant and possesses a naturalism not found in the rest of this film's stilted performances.
Perhaps not for the casual film goer, but for collectors Pilgrimage is essential Ford.
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