High Barbaree (1947)

91 mins | Comedy-drama | May 1947

Director:

Jack Conway

Producer:

Everett Riskin

Cinematographer:

Sidney Wagner

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A Sep 1944 HR news item noted that M-G-M paid a $40,000 advance for the screen rights to Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall's novel and agreed to make additional payments based on the book's sales. A Jun 1946 HR news item reported that Charles Schoenbaum briefly took over for cameraman Sidney Wagner when Wagner fell ill. According to a Nov 1946 HR news item, a new ending for the picture was shot after a preview screening audience reacted negatively to seeing Van Johnson's character in heaven. Location filming took place in King City, Arcadia and San Diego, ... More Less

A Sep 1944 HR news item noted that M-G-M paid a $40,000 advance for the screen rights to Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall's novel and agreed to make additional payments based on the book's sales. A Jun 1946 HR news item reported that Charles Schoenbaum briefly took over for cameraman Sidney Wagner when Wagner fell ill. According to a Nov 1946 HR news item, a new ending for the picture was shot after a preview screening audience reacted negatively to seeing Van Johnson's character in heaven. Location filming took place in King City, Arcadia and San Diego, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Mar 1947.
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Daily Variety
12 Mar 1947.
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Film Daily
12 Mar 47
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Sep 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 46
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 46
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 46
p. 2, 6
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 46
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 46
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
25 May 46
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Mar 1947.
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New York Times
6 Jun 47
p. 27.
Variety
12 Mar 47
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
James Hunt
Jess Cavin
Phillip Morris
Sam McDaniels
Paul Newlan
Drew Demarest
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Fill-in photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
STAND INS
Stunt man
Voice double for Thomas Mitchell
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel High Barbaree by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall (Boston, 1945).
DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1947
Production Date:
13 May--mid August 1946
addl filming late November 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 March 1947
Copyright Number:
LP876
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11801
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In Hawaii, during World War II, U.S. Navy flyer Alec Brooke is unexpectedly reunited with his boyhood friend and former sweetheart, Nancy Fraser, who is now a Navy nurse serving in the Pacific theater. In the brief time they have to spend together, Nancy and Alex re-establish their romance and decide to marry when the war is over. A short time later, Alec's plane is hit by enemy fire, and he and his co-pilot, Lieutenant Joe Moore, are forced to make an emergency landing on the ocean. While stranded for days on the open sea without radio contact or fresh water, Alec tries to keep up his spirits by thinking about Nancy and his happy childhood in the small town of Westview, Iowa. Alec remembers the time when he dreamt of becoming a doctor, and when his eccentric, uncle Thad Vail, announced that he was leaving Westview to go on an expedition to find the fabled Pacific island of High Barbaree. When Alec comes out of his reverie, he and Joe consult their maps and realize, to their astonishment, that they are within one hundred miles of the area where High Barbaree is believed to be. While setting a course for the mythical island, Alec tells Joe about Thad's homecoming, which coincided with Alec's eleventh birthday: Soon after he returns to Westview, Thad decides to leave for the Gulf of Mexico, where he will be far away from Della Parkson, a spinster who wants to make a husband out of him. Alec and Nancy join Thad on his sailboat but the three get only as far as a nearby town, as Thad gets drunk and winds ... +


In Hawaii, during World War II, U.S. Navy flyer Alec Brooke is unexpectedly reunited with his boyhood friend and former sweetheart, Nancy Fraser, who is now a Navy nurse serving in the Pacific theater. In the brief time they have to spend together, Nancy and Alex re-establish their romance and decide to marry when the war is over. A short time later, Alec's plane is hit by enemy fire, and he and his co-pilot, Lieutenant Joe Moore, are forced to make an emergency landing on the ocean. While stranded for days on the open sea without radio contact or fresh water, Alec tries to keep up his spirits by thinking about Nancy and his happy childhood in the small town of Westview, Iowa. Alec remembers the time when he dreamt of becoming a doctor, and when his eccentric, uncle Thad Vail, announced that he was leaving Westview to go on an expedition to find the fabled Pacific island of High Barbaree. When Alec comes out of his reverie, he and Joe consult their maps and realize, to their astonishment, that they are within one hundred miles of the area where High Barbaree is believed to be. While setting a course for the mythical island, Alec tells Joe about Thad's homecoming, which coincided with Alec's eleventh birthday: Soon after he returns to Westview, Thad decides to leave for the Gulf of Mexico, where he will be far away from Della Parkson, a spinster who wants to make a husband out of him. Alec and Nancy join Thad on his sailboat but the three get only as far as a nearby town, as Thad gets drunk and winds up in jail. Thad asks Nancy and Alec to telegram home for money to bail him out, but Alec decides to raise money for the bail himself by appearing in The Marlowe Bros. circus. While Alec performs in the circus, Thad's bail is paid by Alec's father, who enlists Thad's help in finding the missing children. Mr. Fraser eventually finds Alec and Nancy at the circus and brings them home. When the Frasers move to Montana, Alec and Nancy bid a tearful farewell and vow to reunite someday on High Barbaree. After concluding his story about his boyhood, Alec tells Joe about the time, many years later, when he dropped out of medical school to become an executive at an airplane manufacturing company: While working at the Case plant, Alec becomes engaged to Diana Case, his boss's daughter. Nancy, whom he has not seen in ten years, visits Westview, and Alec takes her to a big party at the Cases' home. Nancy is heartbroken when Diana's father announces the engagement of his daughter to Alec, and when Alec refuses to admit that he is only marrying Diana to further his career. Alec rejects Nancy's assertion that he would make a fine doctor until a tornado strikes Westview and forces him to use his medical training to save the lives of many of the injured townspeople. After realizing that medicine is his true calling, Alec breaks his engagement to Diana and plans to marry Nancy. Alec's decision comes too late, however, as Nancy has left Westview to marry a Navy man who had proposed to her earlier. Moments after Alec concludes his story, Joe succumbs to the effects of dehydration and dies. Alec, weakened by the heat, loses consciousness and dreams that he has arrived on High Barbaree. When he awakens, he finds himself in a military hospital attended by Nancy, who had decided not to marry the Navy man, and whose premonition about his whereabouts resulted in Alec's rescue. Nancy nurses Alec back to health, and they look forward to a happy future together. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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