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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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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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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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Action | Drama | Romance

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13 February 1938 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

...dann kam der Orkan  »

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

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Doubles were not used for Mary Astor and Dorothy Lamour when they were lashed to a tree during the hurricane. In her autobiography, Astor said that the sand and water whipping their faces sometimes left pinpricks of blood on their cheeks. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kersaint: Father Paul took your wife to the church. It seemed the safest place. I'd have gone, too, except I couldn't desert my patient.
DeLaage: That's the last you saw of her?
Dr. Kersaint: Well it grew so dark, you couldn't see the church from the reef boat. But when that bell stopped ringing all of a sudden, I knew what happened.
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Moon of Manakoora
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Main theme played throughout the film
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Film Gives a Lot More Than It Promises
16 November 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

The South Seas island of Manikoora is alive with happiness on the day of the wedding of Terangi and Marama. Terangi has his honeymoon cut short, when he has to sail to deliver cargo to Tahiti. Terangi's visit to Tahiti becomes hell when he slugs a man in a barroom brawl and is unjustly sentenced to six months in prison mainly because he as a native islander hit a white man. Terangi repeatedly tries to escape and is caught each time, only to add more years to his sentence. Back on Manikoora, Governor De Laage makes no effort to release Terangi because in his mind Terangi is a law breaker and deserves to be punished, despite the words of his wife, priest, and island doctor to the otherwise. One night Terangi does manage to escape, even though he unknowingly knocks a guard to the ground, killing him. Father Paul rescues Terangi from the sea and arranges to meet Marama and their daughter Tita. When De Laage learns that Terangi is back on the island, he makes a determined effort to apprehend him, not realizing one of the most devastating hurricanes is coming to strike, which may destroy the whole island. A very good movie. I was expecting much footage of hurricane destruction, I didn't realize the plot aspect of the prison, which was a lot more than plot filler. Hall and Lamour were good, even though I enjoyed their movies from the 40's a lot better. Massey gives one of the best performances of his long career as De Laage, as a heartless and sadistic fellow. The special effects are amazing, even by 2004 standards. Beautiful on-location photography as well. Rating, 9.


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