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The World in His Arms (1952)

Gregory Peck , Ann Blyth , Raoul Walsh  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I1K05M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Whether on land or sea, the adventures never stop in the thrill-packed epic adventure, The World in His Arms. Set in 1850, Gregory Peck stars as swaggering sea captain Jonathan Clark who poaches seal pelts off the coast of Russian-owned Alaska. However, the real danger begins upon returning to San Francisco where he falls for a countess (Ann Blyth) fleeing from her engagement to a greedy Russian prince (Carl Esmond). When Clark learns of her kidnapping, he sets sail – amid gale force winds and treacherous seas – on a harrowing race to rescue his lady love and beat his longtime rival (Anthony Quinn). Featuring breathtaking action sequences, soaring cinematography and bawdy humor, this exciting classic is one to enjoy again and again.

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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SHOW ME THE MONEY November 18, 2004
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    Raoul Walsh was a great director. Only he could have done a film like this. In other's director hands this would have been only another adventure film, but Walsh had that touch. The touch of make films that had everything. He knew how to make a sailing race, and a romantic scene. He was impecable.

    Our hero, always dashing Gregory Peck, has a dream, he also has a bizarre crew, but it is his dream who leads him to a great adventure. He wants to find money to buy Alaska from his Imperial Majesty the Czar. So he goes to san Francisco to sell the seal pelts he has and to find the money.

    Here comes the girl , Countess Marina Selonova, Ann Blyth, who is trying to scape from an arranged marriage. Being at the same hotel our captain thinks that the lovely girl he has just met is a "lady of the night". But because he is an open minded captain, he falls in love with her.

    Of course villains are everywhere. The Portuguese wants Peck's vessel, Prince Semyon wants his girl, his crew wants seals pelts. And so all together sail to Pribiloff Islands where true love, and good business will win.

    Wonderful cast with a great John McIntire and Anthony Quinn . A nice seal and her Inuit friend and spectacular images. Who could ask for anything more?
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The World In His Arms April 2, 2000
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    Wonderfully light romantic film full of gorgeous costumes, action and adventure similar to old Errol Flynn swashbuckling movies.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sailor's Delight April 19, 2004
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    This would be a typical Hollywood costume epic of the 1950's, carried mostly by star power and production values. But!! If you like sailing ship sequences, this has one of the best ever filmed. It is worth getting just for the race to Alaska.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie. October 22, 2000
    By MauraJ
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    It is a wonderful blend of action, adventure, romance and just the right touch of comedy, even if occasionally absurd. Anthony Quinn's characterization of the Portuguee would have stolen this film from a lesser actor than Gregory Peck, but he manages to hold up his end quite well. Ann Blyth is regal enough to play any royal. She hardly sings in this film at all. I always enjoy The World in His Arms.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An exciting colorful adventure, very entertaining... February 11, 2009
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    In old San Francisco, Marina Selanova (Ann Blyth) - a dark-haired Russian countess on the run from imminent union to the ambitious prince Semyon (Carl Esmond) - implores Captain Jonathan Clark (Gregory Peck) to take her to Alaska after been rejected by his eternal rival Portugee (Anthony Quinn).

    Jonathan, an American seal pirate, falls for the diminutive, fresh-faced brunette, while giving her a midnight tour of San Francisco--an impressive similar situation to Peck-Audrey Hepburn in William Wyler's "Roman Holiday."

    On the eve of their wedding day, her odious Russian fiancé kidnaps her, and sails for Alaska taking her on his gunboat... He promises to kill her uncle unless she married him as it was originally planned...

    The film's highlight is the outstanding windswept race between two boats led by Peck and Quinn from San Francisco harbor to the Fur Seal Islands off the coast of Alaska, with the winner acquiring the other's ship and crew to rescue the lovely heroine...

    With her slightly oriental eyes and pleasant lyric soprano voice, Ann Blyth provides feminine decoration for this epic adventure...

    Anthony Quinn gives a high-spirited performance as the cunning, sympathetic thief... Quinn is challenged in the film in a 'trial of strength,' an amusing drinking and wrestling bout..

    Raoul Walsh's direction is simple, direct and muscular... As a popular entertainer he is confident with a sense of humor... His actions, fury, spirit, skill, ambition and unrestrained dreams remain his forte...
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    Universal Pictures presents "THE WORLD IN HIS ARMS" (1952 105 min/Color) -- Starring: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn, John McIntire, Carl Esmond & Hans Conried

    Directed by Raoul Walsh

    Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn play two seal-hunting rivals in this adventure film set in the days when Alaska was a Russian territory. Peck is adventuring seafarer Jonathan Clark, who falls in love with Russian Countess Marina Selanova (Ann Blyth) while the countess is in San Francisco fleeing an arranged marriage to the vile Prince Semyon (Carl Esmond). The Countess wants to hire a ship to take her to Sitka, AK, where her uncle, General Ivan Vorashilov (Sig Rumann), is governor.

    Portugee (Quinn) can't raise money for the voyage, so the countess agrees to sail with Clark (Peck), and the two quickly fall in love. But Prince Semyon sails into San Francisco just as Clark and the Countess are about to be wed, and the prince abducts her and takes her to Alaska, threatening to kill her uncle if she doesn't marry him. Clark and Portugee then agree to race to Alaska, with the winner getting the other's ship and the seal catch. Clark's boat wins the race, but the Russians arrest both the men as seal poachers. Countess Marina agrees to marry Semyon if he will order the seal hunters released.

    What is the outcome, well purchase or rent the film and your questions will be answered.

    Excellent big-scale adventure story!

    1. Raoul Walsh (Director)
    Date of Birth: 11 March 1887 - New York, New York
    Date of Death: 31 December 1980 - Simi Valley, California

    2. Gregory Peck [aka: Eldred Gregory Peck]
    Date of Birth: 5 April 1916 - La Jolla, California
    Date of Death: 12 June 2003 - Los Angeles, California

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