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Trade Winds (1938)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Kay Kerrigan
Ben Blodgett
Jean Livingstone
Thomas Bruhme II
Commissioner Blackton
Robert Elliott ...
Captain George Faulkiner
Mrs. Johnson
Richard Tucker ...
John Johnson
Ann (as Linda Winters)
Wilma Francis ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

28 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agapisa mia dolofono  »

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Director Tay Garnett and cinematographer James B. Shackelford shot a lot of the Far East location footage during a 1937 yacht trip. Reportedly Garnett had so much unused footage he tried unsuccessfully to work it into another feature. See more »


Commissioner Blackton: There's not one of you - not one - that could trail a puppy with muddy feet across a white bedspread.
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Referenced in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff (as George Graf, Jr.)
Music by' Ernest Ball (I)'
Played by Fredric March on piano
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22 July 2002 | by (Oak Park IL) – See all my reviews

Was there ever a more relaxed, charming rogue than Frederic March? He would have been a perfect James Bond, had the role been available to him in the '30s. As it is, he made do spectacularly with this one: he's Sam Wye, a former SFPD detective, hired to find and bring back the luminous Joan Bennett, who's suspected of murdering Sidney Blackmer... When her car goes into the Bay, she swims ashore and goes on the run... The action roves as the trade winds of the title, straying from the piers of the city by the Bay to Honolulu, Singapore, Tokyo, Hanoi, and Colombo, Ceylon. Ralph Bellamy,side-hick to March, sez: "Colombo? I thought that was in Ohio..." Ann Sothern is glamorous, and Joan Bennett sizzles. This is the movie in which she dyed her hair black -- and then kept it dark for the next 50 years...leaving the blonde Bennett roles to sister Constance. As a glimpse of pre-War Asia, and an insight into the world before terrorism, this is a charming and lovely memory. You'll yearn for the time when cruise attire was more than sweatsuits and sneakers...and all this with dialog by Dorothy Parker!

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