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The World in His Arms

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The World in His Arms

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
104 minutes
performer:
Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn
director:
Raoul Walsh
distributor:
Universal
author:
Borden Chase, Horace McCoy
genre:
ActionAdventure, Romance

We gave it a C

From Captain Horatio Hornblower to Moby Dick, Gregory Peck has always looked good on the deck of a sailing ship. Alas, although he plays a sort of Robin Hood of the high seas in The World in His Arms, he spends most of the film in dry dock, drearily romancing a runaway Russian countess (Ann Blyth). But whether on land or at sea, this backlot-bound costume adventure is pure Hollywood hokum, from the rear-projected ocean to the central-casting saloon girls to Blyth’s faux foreign accent. That such a creaky vehicle took so long to get to video shouldn’t shock anyone. The only real surprise is that the studio bothered at all. C

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