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The Hurricane (1937)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  13 February 1938 (Finland)
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A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.

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Complete credited cast:
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Marama
Jon Hall ...
Terangi
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Mme. DeLaage
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Father Paul
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Dr. Kersaint
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DeLaage
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Warden
Jerome Cowan ...
Captain Nagle
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Chief Mehevi
Kuulei De Clercq ...
Tita
Layne Tom Jr. ...
Mako
Mamo Clark ...
Hitia
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Arai (as Movita Castenada)
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Storyline

In the Island of Manukura, a French colony in the South Seas, the joyful Terangi is a leader among the natives and the first mate of the Katopua, the tall ship of Captain Nagle. Terangi gets married with Marama and sooner he sails to Tahiti. While in a bar playing with other natives, Terangi is offended by an alcoholic racist French and he hits his face, breaking his jaw. Despite the testimony of Captain Nagle, Terangi is sentenced to six months of forced labor since the victim had political connections with the Powers That Be. Captain Nagle asks the Governor Eugene DeLaage to uses his influence to help Terangi, but the governor refuses. Terangi unsuccessfully tries to escape from the prison, and each attempt increases his sentence. Eight years later, he finally escapes and his jailbreak is celebrated in Manukura. Father Paul finds his canoe and brings Terangi to the island. But a devastating hurricane also arrives in the island threatening the dwellers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

13 February 1938 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

...dann kam der Orkan  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Locher officially changed his name professionally to Jon Hall with this picture in order to capitalize on his real life relationship to "The Hurricane"'s co-author, James Norman Hall. See more »

Quotes

Father Paul: [as Terangi tries to kiss his hand] No, no, you owe me no thanks, my son. This is between me and somebody else.
[a heavenly chorus is heard]
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Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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A movie well worth watching.
26 April 2003 | by (Merriam, Kansas) – See all my reviews

The story line of this movie gets a bit fanciful at times, but it doesn't get out of hand and the movie does not pretend to be anything it isn't, so I think most people well enjoy it.

There are several fine performances. My favorite is that of Raymond Massey as he is very convincing in the thankless role of a cold-hearted governer who towards the end shows a sadistic side and then, at the very end of the movie, shows that there is good in everybody.

Then there is the hurricane itself. Naturally I have not seen every movie ever made, but seeing how this movie predates the computer age the hurricane is surely the greatest special effects in movie history.


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