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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

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Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.


(as Cecil B. De Mille)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Overman ...
Master of the 'Tyfib'
Walter Hampden ...
Commodre Devereaux
Louise Beavers ...
Maum Maria
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Ivy Devereaux
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Claiborne
Aunt Henrietta
Victor Kilian ...
Oscar Polk ...
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Clipper ships taking the shortest route between the Mississippi and the Atlantic often end up on the shoals of Key West in the 1840s. Salvaging the ships' cargos has become a lucrative business for two companies -- one headed by a feisty young woman. Then she falls in love with the captain of a wrecked ship while he recuperates at her home. She travels to Charleston and is charming to the man most likely to be head of the captain's company, thinking she will be able to get the captain the position he wants on the company's first steam ship. Written by Dale O'Connor <>

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Cecil B. DeMille's GREATEST TRIUMPH! OUT-THRILLS ALL OTHER SCREEN SPECTACLES! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

4 June 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. De Mille's Reap the Wild Wind  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cecil B. DeMille had wanted Errol Flynn to play Stephen Tolliver, but Jack L. Warner refused to loan him out. See more »


Incorrectly regarded as a goof: John Wayne's reference to Mother Carey's Chickens has nothing to do with Kate Douglas Wiggins 1911 novel. It is a seafaring name for the Storm Petrel, so-called because the birds appear before a storm. Mother Carey is a corruption of Mater Cara (Dear Mother), an epithet of the Virgin Mary, to whom Portuguese and Spanish sailors used to pray before a storm. See more »


Loxi: Where is Captain Jack?
Capt. Phillip Philpott: He's on a diving job. He'll be back this afternoon
Capt. Phillip Philpott: if his hat didn't leak!
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #10.34 (1960) See more »


'Tis But A Little Faded Flower
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by John Rogers Thomas
Lyrics by Frederick Enoch
Adapted by Troy Sanders (1942)
Played on piano and sung by Martha O'Driscoll (dubbed)
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Great Romantic Sea Adventure
24 October 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. All the stars were at their peak. They looked so glamorous and young and vital in their careers. I loved Paulette Goddard.

In my personal opinion, she has been overlooked by so many. She was a wonderful beautiful star. Can't believe in the re-release they put Susan Hayward ahead of Paulette. Hayward had a very small part. Paulette was the star of the movie. It's not the first time they have put Goddard last. Too bad. I think she's terrific. She had the ability to do comedy as well as drama. And she was a very gorgeous woman. That wonderful laugh of hers.

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