The World in His Arms, the 1952 adventure film starring Gregory Peck, is about “The Boston Man,” Captain Jonathan Clark. He meets a Russian woman who says she is a friend of the Countess Marina Selanova, but is actually the Countess herself. She negotiates passage to Alaska, where her Uncle Ivan lives. The fall in loves with each other and agree to marry. However, she is actually trying to flee an arranged marriage to Prince Seymon. He finds her leaving an angry Jonathan to lick his wounds. After winning a boat race against the Portuguese, they are arrested by the Russians and taken to Sitka. Jonathan finds out the truth, but Marina has no choice but to marry Seymon in order to free Jonathan’s crew. Can they save Marina from marrying the Prince?
This is a decent action movie but it was obvious it was made during the Red Scare. One scene in particular is meant to “show the brutality of the Russians by showing that they kill all of the seals without leaving some of them alive to reproduce. In truth, while the Russians would have been careless, American seal hunters would have been just as equally unconcerned about the environment and would have done the same things. The movie also stereotypes Portuguese by portraying them as devious con-men with no redeeming qualities. The racial stereotyping bogs down a decent movie. Honolulu action film fans who can deal with the stereotyping need to rent it first.
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