Down to the Sea in Ships (1949 film)

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Down to the Sea in Ships
Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Louis D. Lighton
Written by Sy Bartlett
Screenplay by John Lee Mahin
Starring Richard Widmark
Lionel Barrymore
Dean Stockwell
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Edited by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • February 22, 1949 (1949-02-22)
Running time
120 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Box office $1,650,000[1]

Down to the Sea in Ships is a 1949 seafaring drama directed by Henry Hathaway, starring Richard Widmark and Lionel Barrymore. The supporting cast includes Dean Stockwell, Cecil Kellaway, Gene Lockhart, and John McIntire. This was a remake of the silent film version, directed by Elmer Clifton and starring Marguerite Courtot, Raymond McKee and Clara Bow.


Whaling ship captain Bering Joy (Lionel Barrymore) takes his grandson Jed (Dean Stockwell) on a whaling expedition in order to teach the young boy real life values such as honesty, courage, wisdom, fairness and hard work.


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