All the Brothers Were Valiant
|All the Brothers Were Valiant|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||Harry Brown|
|Based on||All the Brothers Were Valiant
by Ben Ames Williams
Betta St. John
|Music by||Miklós Rózsa|
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
101 minutes (US)
The 1953 MGM film is a remake of the 1923 silent film starring Lon Chaney and made by Metro Pictures (a forerunner of MGM), and now considered lost; so is the 1928 MGM version, Across to Singapore, which starred Ramon Novarro. This 1953 version was directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman from a screenplay by Harry Brown. The music score was by Miklós Rózsa, the cinematography by George J. Folsey and the art direction by Randall Duell and Cedric Gibbons.
The film starred Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger and Ann Blyth, with Betta St. John, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore, Kurt Kasznar, Lewis Stone (his final film, released posthumously), John Lupton, and Michael Pate.
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Seafaring saga of two brothers and the woman they both love. Set against South Pacific islands, this love triangle pits the good brother against the bad as they squabble over a woman and a bag of pearls on the floor of a lagoon; the bad brother redeems himself, however, by helping fend off a mutiny.
- Robert Taylor as Joel Shore
- Stewart Granger as Mark Shore
- Ann Blyth as Priscilla 'Pris' Holt
- Betta St. John as Native Girl
- Keenan Wynn as Silva
- James Whitmore as Fetcher
- Kurt Kasznar as Quint
- Lewis Stone as Captain Holt
- Robert Burton as Asa Worthen
- Peter Whitney as James Finch, First Mate
- John Lupton as Dick Morrell, Third Mate
- Jonathan Cott as Carter
- Mitchell Lewis as Cook
- James Bell as Aaron Burnham
- Leo Gordon as Peter How
MGM bought the rights to the novel in 1936. Following the success of Captains Courageous, they announced they would make the film with Robert Taylor and Spencer Tracy. However, plans were postponed.
Granger later called the film a "crappy melodrama" and said the studio made him do this instead of the role he really wanted, the lead in Mogambo. He said he had been promised the latter but Dore Schary had reneged and given the role to Clark Gable. However Granger enjoyed working with Robert Taylor, saying he "was the easiest person to work with but he had been entirely emasculated by the MGM brass who insisted that he was only a pretty face. He was convinced he wasn't really a good actor and his calm acceptance of this stigma infuriated me. He was such a nice guy, Bob, but he had even more hang-ups than I had."
Lewis Stone died a few weeks after completing filming.
The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Color Cinematography, (George J. Folsey).
Stewart Granger later called the film "bad" but admitted "I had an OK villain's part."
According to MGM records it made $2,004,000 at the North American box office and $2,624,000 elsewhere. It recorded a profit of $958,000.
In France, it recorded admissions of 1,909,704.
Proposed Follow Up
In July 1953, MGM announced it had optioned another sailing adventure novel by Ben Ames Williams, Black Pawl, which they intended to film as a follow up, also starring Taylor and Granger. It was never made.
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