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Peggy Shannon plays a young female reporter who is fired from a big city newspaper, then decides to take over a troubled small town newspaper. She encounters difficulties with small town ... See full summary »
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Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »
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New York City awaits a massive series of tidal waves which has already struck the North American west coast. As the waves strike and destroy the city, Martin is separated from his family. Seemingly the only survivor, he meets Claire, and they give one another aid and comfort during the crisis. Later, other survivors arise. As society attempts to rebuild, Martin and his wife Helen reunite. Peggy, who has shared a great deal with Martin during their time alone, informs Lois that she will not live without Martin. Written by
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Unique special effects precede post-Apocalyptic story
"Deluge" (1933) is interesting sci-fi. It starts with a sequence in which a disaster is imminent as registered by signs like falling barometric pressure; but its content is unclear. Then an earthquake hits the West Coast and moves across to New York, accompanied by tidal waves. There is then a lengthy disaster sequence in which the destruction of buildings predominates as the earth splits apart and swallows up the city. It's impressive to see these buildings crack apart, tumble down and sink.
The story of a married couple (Sidney Blackmer and Lois Wilson) with two children picks up before the disaster ends, and so does the story of a swimmer (Peggy Shannon). Shannon is picked up by two men who have survived, the rough and brutish Fred Kohler and the nervous and weak Ralf Harolde. Blackmer has gotten separated from his family. The topography of where they are, about 40 miles upstate, is different from what it was before. It is given a lovely artistic appearance, almost mystical.
Other groups of survivors make their entrance, and the rest of the story unfolds. It is quite a story, told in a realistic way.
The restored print looks very good. The soundtrack is in English with all the original cast. I liked the film and I see no reason why sci-fi fans would not like this film, bearing in mind that it's a 30s production with some degree of melodramatic acting associated with lesser productions of that era.
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