Adrift on a life raft after his ship is torpedoed by the Japs, Mudgin (Thomas Mitchell), a lovable and eccentric old sailor, promises God he will reform if He will save him and his shipmates. Shortly afterward Mudgin and his companions, including Harry Patterson (Clark Gable), a hard-boiled bos'n whose one tenderness is his affection for the old Irish sailor, are rescued and taken to San Francisco.
Within a few short hours Mudgin has broken all his promises to God. To his horror his soul drifts off into the fog. Reluctantly, Harry agrees to help his heartbroken friend search for his soul and in the process makes the acquaintance of Emily (Greer Carson), a librarian. In spite of Harry's arrogance, Emily is attracted by his charm and to the amazement of her roommate, Helen (Joan Blondell), and the bewildered Mudgin, runs off to Reno with him where they are married.
It isn't long before Emily realizes that for Harry it is all simply a lark. To him, she is just another dame and he is now ready to return to sea, confident that she will be waiting when he returns. Bitterly disillusioned, Emily sues for divorce.
At sea, Harry and Mudgin quarrel bitterly because Mudgin believes his
friend is giving up the finest thing that ever happened to him, Emily's
love. Heartbrdken when he learns Harry intends to quit the ship, Mudgin
deliberately suffers a serious injury, which brings Harry back. Then
Mudgin dies and Harry returns to Emily to discover she is having his
baby. The child is apparently born dead but Harry prays for the first
time in his life and his son breathes. In Emily and his child he has
finally found the reason for living.
The New York Times: By all the laws of Hollywood, some sort of nuclear fission should have occurred when Metro brought Greer Carson and Clark Gable together in a film. For those two names joined on a marquee have the potential, in a box office way, of the atom splitting equation used by the scientists at Oak Ridge. But something went wrong in Metro's handling of these two cosmic elements and their Adventure, which should have been a bombshell, is about as explosive as a slightly ancient egg - maybe he (Cable) tries a bit too hard, what with this being his first film after three years of Army routine- only this time he talks too loudly, shouts "Ha!" contemptuously too many times, and persists in keeping his hat on to an irritating extreme.
My Review: Adventure was the first movie Gable shot when he returned from the Air Force. Louie B. Mayer arranged Gable to team up with the current first lady of MGM Greer Garson. He wanted Gable's comeback film to be very emotional and heart-tugging. Unfortunately, four different writers couldn't have saved a bad script from drowning. Though the movie made money on its star-crossed marquee values, the only thing people remember from the movie is the campaign line, "Gable's back and Garson's got him!" Something Gable hated for years, and became one of the Hollywood's trashiest slogans.