All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)

94-95 or 101 mins | Drama | 13 November 1953

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writer:

Harry Brown

Producer:

Pandro S. Berman

Cinematographer:

George Folsey

Editor:

Ferris Webster

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell, Melville Brown

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to pre-production news items, Elizabeth Taylor was originally cast in the role of "Priscilla Holt," but was replaced by Ann Blyth after the film had been in production approximately one month. Modern sources reveal that Taylor, who had recently given birth to her first child, was removed from the film because she had not lost enough of her pregnancy weight. HR news items report that Tomas Ortega tested for a role, and include Hubie Kerns, Fred Zendar, Regis Parton and Clint Dorrington in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. The same item included Steve Forrest and William Campbell in the cast, but they did not appear in the released film. Portions of the picture were shot on location in the Jamaican villages of Oracabessa and Ocho Rios. All the Brothers Were Valiant received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography (Color).
       This film marked the final screen appearance of actor Lewis Stone, who died 12 Sep 1953. M-G-M made two earlier film versions of Ben Ames Williams' novel about the seafaring Shore brothers. The 1923 version, All the Brothers Were Valiant , was directed by Irvin V. Willat and starred Malcolm McGregor, Billie Dove and Lon Chaney. The 1928 film Across to Singapore was directed by William Nigh and starred Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford and Ernest Torrence (please see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ... More Less

According to pre-production news items, Elizabeth Taylor was originally cast in the role of "Priscilla Holt," but was replaced by Ann Blyth after the film had been in production approximately one month. Modern sources reveal that Taylor, who had recently given birth to her first child, was removed from the film because she had not lost enough of her pregnancy weight. HR news items report that Tomas Ortega tested for a role, and include Hubie Kerns, Fred Zendar, Regis Parton and Clint Dorrington in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. The same item included Steve Forrest and William Campbell in the cast, but they did not appear in the released film. Portions of the picture were shot on location in the Jamaican villages of Oracabessa and Ocho Rios. All the Brothers Were Valiant received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography (Color).
       This film marked the final screen appearance of actor Lewis Stone, who died 12 Sep 1953. M-G-M made two earlier film versions of Ben Ames Williams' novel about the seafaring Shore brothers. The 1923 version, All the Brothers Were Valiant , was directed by Irvin V. Willat and starred Malcolm McGregor, Billie Dove and Lon Chaney. The 1928 film Across to Singapore was directed by William Nigh and starred Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford and Ernest Torrence (please see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 Oct 1953.
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Daily Variety
16 Oct 53
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Oct 53
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 52
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Nov 52
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 52
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 52
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 52
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Dec 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 53
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 53
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 53
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 53
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 53
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Oct 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald
17 Oct 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Oct 53
p. 2029.
New York Times
8 Feb 1953.
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New York Times
29 Dec 53
p. 19.
Variety
21 Oct 53
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hair styles
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel All the Brothers Were Valiant by Ben Ames Williams (New York, 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 November 1953
Production Date:
8 January--early March 1953
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
19 October 1953
Copyright Number:
LP3855
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
94-95 or 101
Length(in feet):
8,563
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16392
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1857, Joel Shore returns to New Bedford, Massachusetts, after three years at sea, and learns that his brother Mark, captain of the whaling vessel Nathan Ross , was reported missing from his ship months earlier. Ship owner Asa Worthen offers the Nathan Ross to Joel, and although he and Mark were not close, Joel accepts and vows to learn more about his brother's fate. That afternoon, Joel hears a drunken sailor in a pub claim that Mark jumped ship and abandoned his men, and when the sailor's companion confirms the story, Joel strikes him. Later, Joel calls on his captain, Holt, and proposes to Holt's granddaughter Priscilla. Joel and Priscilla marry and immediately depart for the South Seas on the Nathan Ross . One day, Joel questions mate Aaron Burnham about his brother's disappearance, and Aaron replies that Mark had been drinking heavily and fighting a severe fever when he left the ship. After six months at sea, the ship approaches the island of Tubuai. While they are anchored offshore, Joel comes up from below deck and discovers Mark on board. The two brothers establish an uneasy rapport, and that evening, Priscilla overhears Mark tell Joel about the night he left the ship: Drunk and ravaged by fever, Mark dives overboard and swims to shore, lured by the sound of the native drums. After Mark collapses, he is nursed back to health by a beautiful native woman, whom he marries in an island ceremony. One night, Mark awakens to the sound of gunfire, and discovers that his wife has been kidnapped by several white men. ... +


In 1857, Joel Shore returns to New Bedford, Massachusetts, after three years at sea, and learns that his brother Mark, captain of the whaling vessel Nathan Ross , was reported missing from his ship months earlier. Ship owner Asa Worthen offers the Nathan Ross to Joel, and although he and Mark were not close, Joel accepts and vows to learn more about his brother's fate. That afternoon, Joel hears a drunken sailor in a pub claim that Mark jumped ship and abandoned his men, and when the sailor's companion confirms the story, Joel strikes him. Later, Joel calls on his captain, Holt, and proposes to Holt's granddaughter Priscilla. Joel and Priscilla marry and immediately depart for the South Seas on the Nathan Ross . One day, Joel questions mate Aaron Burnham about his brother's disappearance, and Aaron replies that Mark had been drinking heavily and fighting a severe fever when he left the ship. After six months at sea, the ship approaches the island of Tubuai. While they are anchored offshore, Joel comes up from below deck and discovers Mark on board. The two brothers establish an uneasy rapport, and that evening, Priscilla overhears Mark tell Joel about the night he left the ship: Drunk and ravaged by fever, Mark dives overboard and swims to shore, lured by the sound of the native drums. After Mark collapses, he is nursed back to health by a beautiful native woman, whom he marries in an island ceremony. One night, Mark awakens to the sound of gunfire, and discovers that his wife has been kidnapped by several white men. Mark swims to the sloop and kills the man who is trying to rape his wife, but then collapses. Mark and his wife remain barricaded in the ship's cabin while the other two men, Quint and Fetcher, bide their time on deck. When Mark recovers his strength, he confronts Quint and Fetcher at gunpoint, and agrees to join them in their next pearling expedition. One day, while examining their haul, Quint comes across a valuable black pearl, and Fetcher murders him for it. Several weeks later, they stop at a small island to pick fruit, and Fetcher murders their two native divers, then tries to kill Mark. Mark chokes Fetcher to death, but as he and his wife are leaving the island, they are attacked by natives. Mark's wife is killed by a native's spear, and Mark accidentally drops the bag containing a fortune in pearls into the lagoon. Back aboard the Nathan Ross , Mark tells Joel he intends to go back for the pearls. Fearing the hostile natives, Joel refuses to join him, and instructs Mark not to mention the pearls to the men. Mark nonetheless tells one of the mates, and word of the sunken treasure soon spreads throughout the crew. Later, Mark tells Joel that he might have married Priscilla himself, and intimates that he can take her away. Mark then plants doubts in Priscilla's mind about Joel's courage. One night, Mark and some of the mates announce that they will go after the pearls, and Mark demands that Joel turn over his guns. Interpreting Joel's lack of resistance as a sign of cowardice, Priscilla is ashamed of her husband, and as Mark comforts her, they kiss. Joel assembles the men and tells them they will not search for the pearls, proposing instead that he and Mark return to Tubuai and fight a duel. Mark then seizes control of the ship and has Joel taken prisoner. Joel escapes and, after ordering Mark to end the mutiny, throws all their firearms overboard. The angry crew attacks and Mark, determined not to have his brother's blood on his hands, is forced to fight on Joel's side. Mark is killed during the brawl. Later, Joel writes in his captain's log that although Mark instigated the mutiny, he later regretted his actions and defended the ship. With their troubles behind them, Joel and Priscilla kiss. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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