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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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28 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agapisa mia dolofono  »

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Ann Sothern's character proved so popular in this movie, it was spun off to create series of "Maisie" films. 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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Joan Bennett becomes a blond
19 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Trade Winds" is a comedy-drama starring Joan Bennett, Frederic March, Ralph Bellamy, and Ann Sothern, directed by Tay Garnett.

Bennett plays Kay Kerrigan, a young woman who is out to avenge her sister's death and goes after her sister's ex-boyfriend (Sidney Blackmer). When Kay says she wishes she could shoot him, he hands her a gun and she shoots. Then she starts running for her life. To change her appearance, she dyes her hair dark. This turned out to be a boon for Bennett, who took on an exciting new look with the dark hair.

The police send one of their own after her, Ben Blodgett (Ralph Bellamy) and one of their ex-own, the womanizing, slippery Sam Wye (March), now a detective who spends a lot of time coming on to women. He's also romancing his secretary Jean (Ann Sothern). He agrees to search for Kay and manages to get away from from Jean and hop a boat. He gets a line on Kay, and when Jean next appears, she's an assistant to Kay. Then Sam finds out there's a $100,000 award on Kay's head. Small problem - he falls madly in love with Kay.

Fun comedy that slows up in the middle, with good performances by a relaxed March, a very funny Sothern, a lovely Bennett, and Bellamy as an overblown police detective. Not the best, but not bad - except for some of the process shots.

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