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|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
101 minutes (US)
The 1953 MGM film is a remake of the 1923 silent film that starred Lon Chaney and made by Metro Pictures (a forerunner of MGM), that is now considered lost; as is the 1928 MGM version, Across to Singapore, which starred Ramon Novarro. The 1953 version is directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman from a screenplay by Harry Brown. The music score is by Miklós Rózsa, the cinematography by George J. Folsey and the art direction is by Randall Duell and Cedric Gibbons.
It stars 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.
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
In November 1951, the film was reactivated as a vehicle for Taylor and Stewart Granger. Elizabeth Taylor was originally announced for the female lead.
Filming started on location in Jamaica in early 1953 with Granger and Bella St John. While the unit was on location, Elizabeth Taylor, who had just given birth, was replaced by Ann Blyth.
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. 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."
The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Color Cinematography, (George J. Folsey).
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