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When I think of this movie, there is one scene that stands out from all the rest; and it is the haunting musical score that caused this. The scene, as I said, is quite simple. We see nothing but the ship itself leaving a dock in the harbor at night. And then the music - "Those Harbor Lights" - begins in what strikes me as a bitter-sweet tone - building gradually during its short duration in such a fashion that it left me feeling almost empty, desperate, hopeless, helpless - for want of better adjectives. I had heard that tune many times over the years - but never as so hauntingly and piercingly as it was performed in that movie - and without words, too! It turned out to be one of those tunes that - once it entered my head - would bounce around and around - taking me days to finally purge it from my system.
Not too many movie scenes have affected me this way.
I highly recommend this movie for this scene alone. To me it is a different type of John Ford movie, but with top-notch acting, including Thomas Mitchell, Barry Fitzgerald, Barry's brother Arthur Shields, and John Wayne (and with a Swedish accent in the bargain!). A real joy to watch.
That naive, young Swede is played by none other than the Duke, John Wayne. Although Thomas Mitchell, just coming off his Academy Award winning role in Ford's "Stagecoach," is the star; the Duke is very good in his supporting role. Here he's not playing some larger than life hero who rides tall in the saddle; instead he is naive Ole Olson who just wants to go home to his mother's farm in Sweden. Anyone who believes that John Wayne "just played himself" will be in for a pleasant surprise with his performance in "The Long Voyage Home."
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Excellent movie. One of John Wayne's bet movies. very enjoyable.Published 15 months ago by M. A. Dean
John Ford's "A Long Voyage Home" is one of those films that stick with you your whole life like "Meet John Doe" or "Of Mice and Men". Read morePublished on June 16 2006 by Captain Midnight
Wonderful work by John Ford and his team, who stitched together some Eugene O'Neill playlets about the merchant marine into the only film of his own work the writer could stand to... Read morePublished on May 4 2004
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