Fantasy Melodrama based on Sutton Vane’s play Outward Bound. with a stellar ensemble cast directed by Edward A. Blatt starring John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, George Tobias, George Coulouris Faye Emerson, Sara Algood, and Isobel Elsom.
A group of passengers aboard a ship are bound toward their destinies as they come to realize that they are all recently deceased…
Produced by Jack L Warner and Mark Hellinger and directed by Edward A.Blatt, with a screenplay by Daniel Fuchs and based on Sutton Vanes play “Outward Bound” this story is a journey with an extraordinary ensemble cast, featuring John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Eleanor. Parker, Edmund Gwenn, George Tobias, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, and Isobel Elsom.
The film begins with an air raid during WWII, in which several people are unable to seek shelter. As the film transcends it’s earthly boundaries, it emerges as a mystical and melancholy tale of lost souls thrown together on a mysterious ship, trying to grasp the meanings of their lives, as they reflect and react to each other.
Aboard this strange ship which acts as a traveling Pergatory the players must wait and see if their final destination will either be heaven or hell, as their paths become clear to them, and they awaken to their final destinies.
Tom Prior: I read a great epitaph once, I’m gonna steal it for myself. Scrubby: Sir? Tom Prior: Here lies Prior, died a bachelor. Wifeless. Childless. Wish his father’d died the same.