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The Hurricane (1937)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  1938 (Austria)
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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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island | governor | ship | tahiti | native | See more »

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Through miles of raging ocean he defied man's law! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

1938 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

...dann kam der Orkan  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Life Magazine, special effects wizard James Basevi was given a budget of $400,000 to create his effects. He spent $150,000 to build a native village with a lagoon 200 yards long, and then spent $250,000 destroying it. See more »

Quotes

Abusive Drunk: [to Terangi's friends] "Get up! Get up I said!
[2 people flee the table, Terangi does not move]
Abusive Drunk: [to Terangi] "Clear out! Get up when a white man tells ya!
[he hits Terangi, Terangi hits him back, breaking his jaw]
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Referenced in A Feud There Was (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Give You Anything But Love
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung offscreen by an unidentifed female in a Tahiti nightclub
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Classic South Sea Island adventure.
31 July 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

There is a great cast in this superb piece of Hollywood hokum. Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour are in there physical prime, Raymond Massey brings dignity and his considerable acting skill to his role as the harsh Island governor, the wonderfully photogenic C. Aubrey Smith (was he ever young I wonder) is the priest and Thomas Mitchell plays his usual drunken Irishman (even though he's supposed to be French). The corn ball plot moves swiftly and is played sincerely and the climatic hurricane scenes are still awe inspiring

For sheer entertainment I give it 9 out of ten.


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