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The Long Voyage Home


John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Barry Fitzgerald,

Ford’s episodic maritime drama, based on early works by Eugene O’Neill, follows a freighter bound from the West Indies to England bearing a cargo of ammunition during World War II. The comradely crew—including Thomas Mitchell as a pugnacious Irishman, Ian Hunter as an English alcoholic, and John Wayne as a sensitive Swede yearning for home—endures storms, strife, German bombs, and Cockney kidnappers. But the movie’s most compelling drama comes from the cinematography by Gregg Toland (who went on to shoot Citizen Kane), with its fathom-deep focus and highlights glinting like foam on the darkest of seas.

Juliet Clark
  • Dudley Nichols
Based On
  • Four plays by Eugene O’Neill

  • Gregg Toland
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 103 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Westchester Films
Additional Info
  • Preservation funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Film Foundation

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The long voyage home (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2010

Prisoners of the desert: the films of John Ford (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Piers Handling, 2000

The long voyage home (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, Dane Wilsonne, 1979

The long voyage home (study guide), Audio Brandon Films, Ernest Goldstein, 1977

John Ford : movie maker (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), John Baxter, 1972

The long voyage home (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Donald Knox, 1971

John Ford film retrospective (program), University of Maine at Portland-Gorham, 1970

John Ford (program), University of Maine at Portland-Gorham, 1970

The long voyage home (program note), Long Beach Public Library, David Stewart Hull, 1964

Home (article), John Ford, 1940

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