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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  15 June 1942 (UK)
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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.

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Storyline

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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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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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15 June 1942 (UK)  »

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

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the filming of a fight scene with John Wayne, an accident cost actor Victor Kilian the use of one eye. See more »

Goofs

The second time Loxi talks to Jack, she points at him with the index finger of her left hand. In the next shot it is her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Loxi: Where is Captain Jack?
Capt. Phillip Philpott: He's on a diving job. He'll be back this afternoon
[chuckle]
Capt. Phillip Philpott: if his hat didn't leak!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Wayne (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

'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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Cecil B. DeMille's Reap the Wild Wind is good old-fashioned entertainment
7 August 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Reap the Wild Wind is Cecil B. DeMille's contribution to such sea-faring adventure classics as The Sea Hawk or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. John Wayne plays a ship captain, Ray Milland plays a lawyer, and Paulette Godard a feisty southern belle who comes between them. There's plenty of fights, a trial, and an entertaining squid. There's Susan Hayward, Robert Preston, Louise Beavers, and Raymond Massey. There's a wonderful music score and beautiful Technicolor. There's a playful monkey and a talking dog (coutesy of Milland's ventriloquism). And it begins with DeMille's narration to set the tone for an action-packed, if occasionally talky, picture. This is good old-fashioned filmaking at its finest! For fans of all of the above, plus Hedda Hopper in her last role not playing herself, I highly recommend you definitely seek this one out!


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