Pilgrimage (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pilgrimage (1933)




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John Ford directed this emotional drama, which was a considerable change of pace from the westerns and war pictures for which he was best known. Hannah Jessop (Henrietta Crosman) fears being abandoned by her son Jim (Norman Foster), and she doesn't approve of his romance with Mary Saunders (Marian Nixon). When Hannah discovers that Jim and Mary plan to wed, she sends her son off to fight in WWI, unaware that Mary is carrying his child. Jim is killed in combat just as Mary is giving birth, and while Hannah is crushed by the loss of her son, she cannot forgive Mary or abide her grandson, Jim, Jr. (Jay Ward). Years later, Hannah is prodded into joining a group of women who lost their sons in the war on a visit to the battlefields of Europe; en route, she meets Mrs. Hatfield (Lucille La Verne), whose warmth and gracious acceptance of her misfortune forces Hannah to take a look at herself and her attitudes.


Henrietta Crosman
as Mrs. Hannah Jessop
Norman Foster
as Jim 'Jimmy' Jessop (Hannah's son)
Marian Nixon
as Mary Saunders
Maurice Murphy
as Gary Worth
Lucille La Verne
as Mrs. Hatfield
Charley Grapewin
as Dad Saunders
Hedda Hopper
as Mrs. Worth
Robert Warwick
as Maj. Albertson
Betty Blythe
as Janet Prescott
Louise Carter
as Mrs. Rogers
Jay Ward
as Jim Saunders
Adele Watson
as Mrs. Simms
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Critic Reviews for Pilgrimage

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A powerful fable of political progress.

March 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The company responsible for this ghastly thing makes it only more mephitic by giving it a splendid production.

June 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's mostly the meticulous filmmaking and those two performances that raise Pilgrimage to the level of art. There's not a misjudged moment and not an indifferently framed shot.

June 5, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Powerful anti-war drama, brilliantly atmospheric.

August 7, 2008 | Full Review…

The wholesome film speaks volumes for Ford's talent, but the overwhelming sentimentality drowns it in false poignancy.

January 22, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pilgrimage

some beautiful shots here. the last scenes get a little out of hand but henrietta crossman's performance holds it all together

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