January 2, 2017


Atlantic Ferry – 1941 | 98 mins | Drama | B&W

Plot Synopsis

Atlantic Ferry

Dreary historical biopic chronicling the early efforts to build the first steamship fleet to sail the Atlantic. Released in 1941, the film was really a propaganda piece from Warner Brothers designed to illustrate the bond between Great Britain and America during WWII. Walter Forde had made his name directing comedies by Will Hay, Arthur Askey and a host of others, and his stiff direction of this studio-bound story lacks in flair and imagination.

1837. Shipping magnates Charles (Michael Redgrave) and David MacIver (Griffith Jones) are attempting to build a steamship fleet but face ridicule and ruin as their latest steamship the Gigantic sinks into the River Mersey minutes after being launched and shipping owners remain steadfastly in favour of sailing ships. After the latest debacle, David becomes doubtful of steamships, but Charles remains steadfast in his beliefs and dissolves their partnership and endeavours to secure more funds.

Maclver attempts to win the contract for the Atlantic mail, and encounters a like-minded soul in Canadian Sam Cunard (Hartley Power). Cunard wins the contract, and together they launched the steamship RMS Britannia to sail from Liverpool to North America. The brothers Maclver also become love rivals for the heart of Mary Ann Morison (Valerie Hobson).

Production Team

Walter Forde: Director
Norman G. Arnold: Art Direction
Basil Emmott: Cinematography
Terence Fisher: Film Editing
Jack Beaver: Original Music
Max Milder: Producer
Emeric Pressburger: Script
Edward Dryhurst: Script
Gordon Wellesley: Script
Ernest A. Royls: Sound
Cecil Thornton: Sound
Wynne MacIver: Story
Derek MacIver: Story


Milton Rosmer: George Burns
Bessie Love: Begonia Baggot
Margaretta Scott: Susan Donaldson
Hartley Power: Samuel \’Sam\’ Cunard
Griffith Jones: David MacIver
Valerie Hobson: Mary Ann Morison
Michael Redgrave: Charles MacIver

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