The World in His Arms
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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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Peck plays The Boston Man, a clipper captain, making a living as a seal hunter in Alaska. Minor problem: Alaska isn't american and the activities of The Boston Man is a thorn in the eye of the russian governor. To complicate matters Peck falls head over heels in love with a russian countess - played by Ann Blyth.
She is trying reach Alaska and her uncle, the governor, just two steps ahead of an unwanted fiancé and an undesirable marriage, arranged by the Zar himself.
The Boston Man's solution: Crush the competition and buy Alaska.
Also starring Anthony Quinn, as a bit of a pirate and The Boston Man's less succesful seal hunting competition.
Besides the love story and the environmental message (which suggests that it really is possible for even high demand to walk hand in hand with a sensible stewardship of the world around us), this movie has several other things going for it: the San Francisco scenes, ranging from the shanghai dens of the Barbary Coast to a luxury hotel filled with both the young city's Best People and some of its raunchiest (like Clark's friend, saloonowner Mamie (Andrea King)); a sea race between two sealing craft; several good brawls; and an array of lesser characters including Clark's educated first officer, "Deacon" Greathouse of Nova Scotia (John McIntire); his master harpooner the Aleut Ogeechuk (Bill Radovich), whose sole command of English seems to amount to "We go!"; Eustace (Hans Conreid), the snooty hotel owner who finds himself coping with Clark, his boisterous crew, and the less-than-staid followers they bring with them; Marina's companion and kinswoman Anna (Eugenie Leontovich), prone to vapors and hysterics, and her bodyguard, Col. Paul Shushaldin (Gregory Gay); and above all Anthony Quinn as "the Portygee," captain of the "Isabella," a laughing, brawling, larcenous pirate of a sealer who's nevertheless, as even Clark admits, "a good sailor," and who when the chips are down proves a loyal and valuable ally--a role that should have won him at least a nomination for Best Supporting Oscar. This has been a favorite film of mine since I stumbled across it on TV many years ago, and I was delighted to find it available on a free-standing DVD.
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Hot Toasty Rag, August 10, 2017
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