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Trade Winds (1938)

Kay Kerrigan commits a murder and then changes her hair color, assumes a new identity and flees the country by ship. She's unaware that she's being followed by Sam Wye, a skirt chasing ... See full summary »

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Kay Kerrigan
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Ben Blodgett
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Jean Livingstone
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Thomas Bruhme II
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Police Commissioner Blackton
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Captain George Faulkiner
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Mrs. Johnson
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John Johnson
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Ann (as Linda Winters)
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Judy
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Kay Kerrigan commits a murder and then changes her hair color, assumes a new identity and flees the country by ship. She's unaware that she's being followed by Sam Wye, a skirt chasing detective. The two soon develop a shipboard romance. Will Sam be able to bring Kay back to the States and likely imprisonment? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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28 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agapisa mia dolofono  »

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$738,733 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a moderate success at the box office, earning a profit of $71,129 (over $1.2M in 2016). See more »

Goofs

When Thomas is shot, he is wearing a striped robe with a bright monogram on the left breast. When we later see his body on the floor, with the police investigating, the monogram is missing. See more »

Quotes

Jean Livingstone: Oh, you don't think you're the only friend I've got on the police force.
Sam Wye: Oh, no... How was the Marine Corps when you left?
Jean Livingstone: Off on a cruise. Hmm, hmmm.
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Referenced in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude Opus 28 No. 7
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by both Joan Bennett and Fredric March
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"Trade Winds" stirs barely a good breeze...
11 May 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Despite contributions to the script by witty Dorothy Parker, TRADE WINDS is tough going for most of its running time. JOAN BENNETT plays a woman running away from a murder charge who is trailed to exotic locations by FREDRIC MARCH and RALPH BELLAMY, detectives hot on her trail.

March falls in love with her and faces the dilemma of turning her in to the authorities, while Bellamy finds romance with wise-cracking secretary ANN SOTHERN. That's about it, for the plot. The suspense lies in learning when and how the Bennett/March romance will flounder and come to some sort of resolution for the final reel.

Director Tay Garnett makes heavy use of his home movies for all of the process shots used extensively throughout filming. The effects cheapen the images on screen so that never for a moment do you feel that these events are taking place in actual locales, only in front of a process screen full of faded images.

Silliness of the comedy interludes are imposed on any dramatic elements the story has, making for an uneven mixture of comedy and drama.

Joan Bennett's transformation to a stunning brunette changed the course of her career as she goes from blonde to brunette to avoid capture. It's the only interesting aspect of the photoplay for this viewer.

Performances are competent with Sothern and Bellamy vying for attention in some amusing byplay that at least gives some indication of Dorothy Parker's contribution. But generally speaking, the comic moments are strained and appear more foolish than witty. Revelation of the events surrounding Bennett's murder charge strikes a false note for the ending.


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