DOWN TO SEA IN SHIPS PREMIERE 1922 RARE New Bedford

WORLD PREMIERE ELMER CLIFTON'S "DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS"

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Olympia Theatre, New Bedford, Massachusetts; September 25th, 1922.

12mo / Softcover / 23 pp. / Illustrated / Pencil writing at rear / Very minor wear /

Fantastic rare movie premiere program from the silent movie "Down to the Sea In Ships."

Down to the Sea in Ships ( 1922 ) is an American silent movie about a devout Quaker captain of a fleet of whaling ships, William W. Morgan ( William Walcott ). His daughter, Patience Morgan ( Marguerite Courtot ) and granddaughter Dot Morgan ( Clara Bow ) accompany him on his ship. The star of the film is Raymond McKee as Thomas Allan Dexter, the love interest of Patience Morgan. The film also includes Jake Finner ( Patrick Hartigan ) and Samuel Siggs ( J. Thornton Baston ) as the villains who plan to steal the whaling ships to transport African gold.

Directed by Elmer Clifton , the film's title comes from the Bible , Psalms 107, verses 23-24. It contains semi-documentary footage of whalers at work, and was shot on historic locations in New England , most notably in New Bedford , Massachusetts . The film's written interludes have quotes from Moby-Dick and other whaling books.

Contrary to common belief, this movie was not the first Clara Bow made, although it is the first the public ever saw her in. Bow first was cast in Beyond the Rainbow ( 1922 ), but her scenes were edited out prior to the film's release.

The film's premiere was 22 November 1922 in Providence, Rhode Island .

The Charles W. Morgan was one of the whaling ships used in the film.

The film was re-made in 1949 . This version was directed by Henry Hathaway and starred Lionel Barrymore , Dean Stockwell and Richard Widmark .

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