The Long Voyage Home sees four one-acts by Eugene O’Neill add up to a gripping account of men thrown together by war facing danger from the enemy under the waves and from the raging sea itself.
John Wayne portrays a young Swede gaining his sea legs and just trying to make it home so he can settle on a farm of his own. He’s taken in hand by the John Ford stock company – Thomas Mitchell, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond–and together they weather a fatal storm, suspicions of treason, a strafing by enemy planes, and the equally hazardous shore leave.
One of Ford’s finest, and that’s saying plenty; O’Neill reportedly considered it the best adaptation of his work. He later wrote to Ford: “My congratulations on a deeply moving and beautiful piece of work. It is a great picture and I hope you are as proud of it as I am.”
Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture; Best Screenplay.
Cast: John Wayne, Ward Bond, Barry Fitzgerald, Ian Hunter, Thomas Mitchell, Mildred Natwick, John Qualen,
Director: John Ford
Producer: Walter Wanger
Original Story: Eugene O’Neill
Director of Photography: Gregg Toland
Editor: Sherman Todd
Composer: Richard Hageman
Screenwriter: Dudley Nichols
Production Designer: James Basevi
USA / United Artists / 106 minutes / 1940