A touching story beautifully told against the background of the adventures and dangers of Yankee whaling. A young boy, Jed, comes of age aboard a 19th-century whaling ship captained by his grandfather, Captain Joy. Anxious to embark upon a life at sea, Jed aligns himself with Captain Joy’s first mate, Dan Lunceford. The captain disdainfully regards Dan as one of the “new breed” of whalers, who, in his mind, aren’t completely up to the rigors of maritime life. Dan gains Joy’s respect when he rescues Jed even though the captain “sticks to the book” and relieves Dan of his duties for leaving his post. A last-reel crisis involving an iceberg provides a gripping climax. Starring Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell and Richard Widmark. Directed by Henry Hathaway.
Introduced by film critic Mike Canning.