Adventure (1946)

125 or 127 mins | Romance, Adventure | February 1946

Director:

Victor Fleming

Producer:

Sam Zimbalist

Cinematographer:

Joseph Ruttenberg

Editor:

Frank Sullivan

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Full page view
HISTORY

Working titles for this film were The Big Shore Leave , Strange Adventure and This Strange Adventure . The picture marked Clark Gable's first film since his return from serving three years in the Army Air Corps. A 3 Sep 1941 HR news item indicates that Spencer Tracy was originally set for the part played by Gable. The same news item noted that production was set to begin the following day. According to a Feb 1946 article in NYT , actress Greer Garson, commenting on the publicity line associated with the film, "Gable's Back, and Garson's Got Him," reportedly said: "Well, just as long as they didn't say Garson's back, and who wants her!"
       Although HR production charts list actor Larry Burke in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A May 1945 article in LADN notes that the film's set of the San Francisco public library was remodelled from the set used for the Waldorf Astoria hotel lobby in the film Weekend at the Waldorf (see below). Lina Romay was formerly a featured singer with Xavier Cugat's band. Adventure marked the feature film debut of actress Barbara Billingsley (1915--2010), who became best known for her role as "June Cleaver" on the popular television series Leave It to Beaver ... More Less

Working titles for this film were The Big Shore Leave , Strange Adventure and This Strange Adventure . The picture marked Clark Gable's first film since his return from serving three years in the Army Air Corps. A 3 Sep 1941 HR news item indicates that Spencer Tracy was originally set for the part played by Gable. The same news item noted that production was set to begin the following day. According to a Feb 1946 article in NYT , actress Greer Garson, commenting on the publicity line associated with the film, "Gable's Back, and Garson's Got Him," reportedly said: "Well, just as long as they didn't say Garson's back, and who wants her!"
       Although HR production charts list actor Larry Burke in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. A May 1945 article in LADN notes that the film's set of the San Francisco public library was remodelled from the set used for the Waldorf Astoria hotel lobby in the film Weekend at the Waldorf (see below). Lina Romay was formerly a featured singer with Xavier Cugat's band. Adventure marked the feature film debut of actress Barbara Billingsley (1915--2010), who became best known for her role as "June Cleaver" on the popular television series Leave It to Beaver . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Dec 1945.
---
Daily Variety
17 Dec 45
pp. 3-4.
Film Daily
28 Dec 45
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 45
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 45
pp. 3, 16
Hollywood Reporter
12 Feb 46
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Sep 45
p. 2628.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Dec 45
p. 2765.
New York Times
8 Feb 46
p. 23.
New York Times
17 Feb 1946.
---
Variety
19 Dec 45
p. 18.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Pedro De Cordoba
Billy Newell
Major Farrell
Joe Kamaryt
Charles Latorre
Johnny Berkes
June Terry Pickerell
Tom Kingston
Jon Gilbreath
+
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Victor Fleming's Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Transparency projection shots
Matte paintings camera
MAKEUP
Hair des
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Research dir
Research dir asst
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Anointed by Clyde Brion Davis (New York, 1937).
SONGS
"Una Pena y un Carino," music by Herbert Stothart, lyrics by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan
"Old McDonald Had a Farm," traditional
"El Yerbatero," music and lyrics by Perez Freire.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Strange Adventure
This Strange Adventure
The Big Shore Leave
Release Date:
February 1946
Production Date:
mid May--late September 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 January 1946
Copyright Number:
LP55
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
125 or 127
Length(in feet):
11,631
Length(in reels):
14
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12243
SYNOPSIS

When his ship is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, Harry Patterson, a handsome, rough-and-ready World War II merchant marine boatswain, is cast adrift on a launch with a few of his shipmates. Harry remains calm in the face of disaster, but his friend Mudgin panics and makes desperate pleas to God for help, promising to avoid women, liquor and fighting and to donate money to the church if they are saved. Harry finds Mudgin's pleas ridiculous, but no sooner does Mudgin complete his pact with God than a rescue plane appears on the horizon and the men are saved. The seamen are deposited in San Francisco, where they celebrate their safe return to land with a haircut and a visit to a bar. Mudgin breaks all his promises to God soon after arriving in San Francisco and becomes depressed, certain that he has "lost his immortal soul." While Mudgin's shipmates laugh off his concerns, Harry, realizing that Mudgin is truly wracked with guilt, helps his troubled shipmate find his lost soul. Their journey takes them no further than a city library, where Harry and Mudgin meet the attractive, straight-laced librarian Emily Sears. Although intrigued by Emily, Harry repeatedly raises her ire with his brutish manner and argumentative nature. Harry's attention quickly shifts away from Emily, however, when her outgoing roommate, Helen Melohn, arrives. Harry and Helen hit it off immediately, and Emily reluctantly accompanies the three on a dinner date. At the restaurant, Emily stuns Harry when she abandons her reserved demeanor and starts a bar fight to bring the night to a close. Convinced that Emily is the "freshest dame" he ever ... +


When his ship is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, Harry Patterson, a handsome, rough-and-ready World War II merchant marine boatswain, is cast adrift on a launch with a few of his shipmates. Harry remains calm in the face of disaster, but his friend Mudgin panics and makes desperate pleas to God for help, promising to avoid women, liquor and fighting and to donate money to the church if they are saved. Harry finds Mudgin's pleas ridiculous, but no sooner does Mudgin complete his pact with God than a rescue plane appears on the horizon and the men are saved. The seamen are deposited in San Francisco, where they celebrate their safe return to land with a haircut and a visit to a bar. Mudgin breaks all his promises to God soon after arriving in San Francisco and becomes depressed, certain that he has "lost his immortal soul." While Mudgin's shipmates laugh off his concerns, Harry, realizing that Mudgin is truly wracked with guilt, helps his troubled shipmate find his lost soul. Their journey takes them no further than a city library, where Harry and Mudgin meet the attractive, straight-laced librarian Emily Sears. Although intrigued by Emily, Harry repeatedly raises her ire with his brutish manner and argumentative nature. Harry's attention quickly shifts away from Emily, however, when her outgoing roommate, Helen Melohn, arrives. Harry and Helen hit it off immediately, and Emily reluctantly accompanies the three on a dinner date. At the restaurant, Emily stuns Harry when she abandons her reserved demeanor and starts a bar fight to bring the night to a close. Convinced that Emily is the "freshest dame" he ever met, Harry decides to pursue her affections in earnest and arranges to meet the two women the following day at Emily's farm outside the city. Harry and Emily soon fall completely, though contentiously, in love and get married in Reno. When they return to Emily's farm, Harry tells Emily that he will be shipping out in a few days, which comes as a shock to Emily and prompts her to ask for a divorce. Harry sails for the high seas, and during his absence Emily realizes that she is pregnant with Harry's child. While docked in a South American port city, Mudgin falls off the ship and, before dying in Harry's arms, says that his soul has been returned to him. Months after his departure, Harry returns to San Francisco and learns from Helen that Emily has long since given up on him and gone to her farm to give birth to their child. Harry arrives at the farm just as Emily goes into labor, and when the baby is stillborn, he repeatedly slaps the baby until it begins to breathe. Afterward, Harry and Emily share a tender kiss. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.