Adventure (1945)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 28, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 130 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Judged a misfire at the time of its release, Adventure is actually a decent little film. Part of the problem in 1945 is that viewers hearing that Clark Gable would appear in a film called Adventure must have expected quite a different picture than this relatively quiet, light-but-touching feature. The adventure of the title is really the adventure of giving up a rough bachelor's life and learning to become committed to a wife and family. Not that there isn't action along the way, but the film is essentially a romance and a coming-of-age story for an adult man. This summary makes the screenplay sound better than it is, but in actuality the script never really finds its footing, despite a few memorable scenes and some nifty stretches of dialogue. Gable gives a nicely nuanced performance and does himself proud in the setpiece scene in which he saves his baby's life. Greer Garson is lovely, and Joan Blondell and Thomas Mitchell steal a couple of scenes quite handily. Victor Fleming's direction is inconsistent, quite good in some sections and ineffective in others.