The Hurricane

The Hurricane

The Hurricane is an American filmdirected byJohn Ford, released in1937.

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Synopsis

A small Pacific island. Two natives Marama and Terangi get married. During a stopover in Tahiti, Terangi strikes a white man who insults him and is sentenced to six months in prison. He tries to escape twice and is sentenced to 16 years in prison. A third escape will be good. A terrible hurricane ravages the small island where he has taken refuge. Terangi is helping the population …

Technical sheet

  • Title: The Hurricane
  • Original title: The Hurricane
  • Director: John Ford
  • Director (second team): Stuart Heisler
  • Scenario: Dudley Nichols , Oliver HP Garrett and Ben Hecht
  • Production: Samuel Goldwyn and Merritt Hulburd  (de) (associate producer)
  • Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Films for United Artists
  • Music: Alfred Newman
  • Photography: Bert Glennon and Archie Stout (second team)
  • Editing: Lloyd Nosler
  • Artistic direction: Richard Day
  • Set decorations: Julia Heron (uncredited)
  • Costumes: Omar Kiam
  • Special Effects: James Basevi
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Language: English
  • Format: Black and White – Sound: Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) – 35 mm
  • Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
  • Duration: 110 minutes
  • Release date :
    •  : first Los Angeles
    •  : France

Distribution

  • Dorothy Lamour : Marama
  • Jon Hall : Terangi
  • Mary Astor : me Germaine De Laage
  • C. Aubrey Smith : Father Paul
  • Thomas Mitchell : r Kersaint
  • Raymond Massey : Governor Eugene De Laage
  • John Carradine : Warden
  • Jerome Cowan : Capt. Nagle
  • Al Kikume : Chef Mehevi
  • Kuulei De Clercq : Tita
  • Mamo Clark : Arai, daughter of Terangi
  • Movita Castenada : Arai
  • Inez Courtney : girl on the boat
  • Anne Chevalier : Reri
  • Flora Hayes : Mama Rua
  • Roger Drake : Captain of the Guards
  • Pauline Steele : Mata
  • Mary Shaw : Marunga
  • Francis Kaai : Tavi
  • Layne Tom Jr .: Mako
  • William B. Davidson : Injured man
  • Spencer Charters : Judge
  • Chris-Pin Martin (uncredited): sailor

French voices

  • Jacqueline Porel (Mary Astor)
  • Henri Djanik (C.Aubrey Smith)
  • Jean Violette (Thomas Mitchell)
  • Jean-Claude Michel (Raymond Massey)
  • Claude Joseph (Lionel Braham)

Around the film

  • Shooting at Pago Pago and Isthmu Harbor from May 3 to mid-September 1937
  • Revenue: $ 1,400,000
  • Howard Hawks was approached to make the film.
  • For the movie Ford has hit a staggering stamp ( $ 100,000 , plus 15% of profits)
  • The film was shot in part on Ford’s yacht , Aramer, which became Captain Nagle’s schooner for the film.
  • Thomas Mitchell will play a doctor role very similar to that of this film in The Fantastic Ride .
  • Part of the film (the one where Terangi is a prisoner in the fortress) takes up the theme developed in I did not kill Lincoln . Moreover, John Carradine plays a role of sadistic guardian, similar to that which he embodied in the previous work.
  • The film is representative of the Tiki culture in the United States 1 .
  • Remake in 1979 by Jan Troell with Jason Robards and Mia Farrow .

Awards and Distinctions

  • Cinema Oscars :
    • best sound ( Thomas T. Moulton )
    • Nominations for Best Supporting Actress ( Thomas Mitchell ) and Best Music ( Alfred Newman )

Notes and references

  1. ↑ Elizabeth Couturier, “When America loved commies”  [ archive ] , Paris Match , week of August 14 to 20, 2014, pages 12-13.

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