Plymouth Adventure

1952

Plymouth Adventure

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Plymouth Adventure earned a footnote in film history as the last directorial effort by the prolific Clarence Brown. Otherwise, this colorful re-creation of the Pilgrims' journey to America is a workmanlike job, never inspired but always interesting. Spencer Tracy stars as bull-stubborn Captain Christopher Jones, who intends to guide the Mayflower to its destination come Hell, high water or any other obstacle. Since Jones is spiritually "wed" to his job, the film's romantic angle is handled by Van Johnson as John Alden and Dawn Addams as Patricia Mullen. Gene Tierney is second-billed as Dorothy Bradford, the ill-fated bride of future Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford. Though the film makes several departures from the facts (there's even a villain!), Plymouth Adventure tells its tale professionally and with satisfactory entertainment value. The film earned MGM artisan A. Arnold Gillespie an Academy Award for best special effects.

Cast

Spencer Tracy
as Capt. Christopher Jones
Gene Tierney
as Dorothy Bradford
Van Johnson
as John Alden
Leo Genn
as William Bradford
Dawn Addams
as Priscilla Mullins
Barry Jones
as William Brewster
John Dehner
as Gilbert Winslow
Tommy Ivo
as William Button
Lowell Gilmore
as Edward Winslow
Noel Drayton
as Miles Standish
Rhys Williams
as Mr. Weston
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mary Brewster
Murray Matheson
as Christopher Martin
Paul Cavanagh
as John Carver
Noreen Corcoran
as Ellen Moore
Dennis Hoey
as Head Constable
Hugh Pryne
as Samuel Fuller
Matt Moore
as William Mullins
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Rose Standish
Keith McConnell
as William White
Elizabeth Harrower
as Elizabeth Hopkins
Ivis Goulding
as Alice Mullins
Roger Broaddus
as Bit Role (uncredited)
Kay English
as Catherine Carver
James Logan
as Trevore
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Critic Reviews for Plymouth Adventure

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Audience Reviews for Plymouth Adventure

  • Nov 25, 2019
    Serviceable historical drama, done Hollywood style, that features Spencer Tracy as the hard-as-nails captain of the Mayflower charged with delivering a cargo of deluded, delusional (and doomed) undesirables (the Pilgrims!) across the sea. Maybe some liberties are taken with the plot, but what matter as long as our forefathers make it to forge a destiny for us all? Beyond the captain, notable on the voyage are Gene Tierney, Leo Dunn, Lloyd Bridges and Van Johnson. What really flies are the ship-in-distress scenes for which it won an Academy award. Not great, but not bad either.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2009
    If you're a student of American history this one will certainly make you cringe. Hollywood's fact altering melodrama casts Spencer Tracy as the captain of the Mayflower who, rather reluctantly, is charged with delivering pilgrims to the new world. With a shipload of recognizable faces that include Gene Tierney, Lloyd Bridges and Van Johnson you'd expect this historical epic to be a lauded piece of film history. It is not. There is enough deceit, betrayal and adultery here to rival most soap operas. Tracy's character is so one dimensional, so unlikeable, that the H.M.S. Bounty's Captain Bligh looks rather charming in comparison. Watch this if you must but don't come crying to me when the credits roll. You've been warned!
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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