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The Long Voyage Home (1940)




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Four one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill form the basis of John Ford's World War II drama about the lives of merchant seamen. John Wayne stars as Ole Olsen, a young Swede attempting to get home as the rest of his crew prepares for shore leave; when he is drugged and kidnapped by the members of a rival ship, battle ensues.


Ian Hunter
as Smitty
Arthur Shields
as Donkey Man
J.M. Kerrigan
as Limehouse crimp
Rafaela Ottiano
as Tropical Woman
Carmen D'Antonio
as Girls in Canoe
Billy Bevan
as Joe, Limehouse barman
Cyril McLaglen
as First Mate
Bob Perry
as Paddy
Jack Pennick
as Johnny Bergman
Bing Conley
as Limehouse Roustabout
Douglas Walton
as Second Lieutenant
Harry Woods
as First Mate of Amindra
James Flavin
as Dock Policeman
Arthur Miles
as Captain of Amindra
Lionel Pape
as Mr. Clifton
Guy Kingsford
as London Policeman
Tina Menard
as Bumboat Girl
Judith Linden
as Bumboat Girl
Elena Martinez
as Bumboat Girl
Lita Cortez
as Bumboat Girl
Art Miles
as Captain of Amindra
Carmen Morales
as Bumboat Girl
Soledad Gonzales
as Bumboat Girl
Wyndham Standing
as British Naval Officer
Lowell Drew
as Bald Man
Ky Robinson
as Limehouse Roustabout
Lee Shumway
as Dock Policeman
Leslie Sketchley
as London Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Long Voyage Home

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

One of the finest of all the movies that deal with life at sea, and one of the most successful of all attempts to put Eugene O'Neill on film ...

October 8, 2015 | Full Review…

The picture is splendidly directed and boasts some unusual photography. The cast is a fine one with Thomas Mitchell, John Wayne, John Qualen and Ian Hunter giving especially impressive performances.

January 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Performances are uniformly excellent, Mitchell topping everything he has ever done in motion-pictures. Ian Hunter and John Wayne are brilliant.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not the most focused and sustained movie, but the solid acting and elegant direction elevate this to another level. What could have been a routine melodrama ends up being quite a classy production.

April 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An eerily beautiful wartime film.

March 28, 2013 | Full Review…

Less a plot-driven movie than a meandering look at the nomadic men who make their lives on the high seas for various reasons.

April 4, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Long Voyage Home


A year before the United States entered WW2 (although it was already hot over in Europe) comes this adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's look at the lives of a crew of merchant seamen. John Ford uses many of his usual players, something of a theater company, and so the camaraderie of old hands working together permeates the work. John Wayne is listed as the star but that's not necessarily so. This is Thomas Mitchell's film, with Barry Fitzgerald co-starring, but its really a company work. Wayne is only in a supporting role as a Swedish crewman (and one of the worst Swedish accents in film history short of comedy, but the Duke is game and throws with all he has). It's a interesting tale in that, like the lives of the men portrayed, there is no real destination, only the going from port to port, dealing with the problems every voyage might present, little lost boys of the sea ... and so an undercurrent of sadness ... good storytelling.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Dreadfully dull tale featuring a very young John Wayne talking about probably the most boring cross Atlantic trip ever taken. Someone is a German spy on board and the audience doesn't care.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Story of a mixed bunch a merchant sailors. It's funny to hear John Wayne play a Swede. His accent is almost as bad as Jamie Lee Curtis's one in Trading Places, and that was on purpose. Thomas Mitchell is a character as always.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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