(John Ford, US 1940, 103 min., 35mm)
UCLA Festival of Preservation. “The powers and fascinations of director John Ford and playwright Eugene O’Neill are happily met in this 1940 feature dramatizing the lives of men who serve as crew members aboard commercial freighters. Like O’Neill, Ford nursed a lifelong obsession with sailing and the sea, and had spent his early years in Portland, Maine, amid the maritime culture that this picture describes. Adapted and updated by screenwriter Dudley Nichols (Ford’s frequent collaborator) from four of O’Neill’s early plays set aboard the fictional ‘SS Glencairn,’ the film recounts the experiences of the ship’s crew while transporting ammunition from the West Indies to England during World War II.” – Shannon Kelley, UCLA
Preservation funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.
35mm preservation prints courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.