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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 4 June 1942 (Mexico)
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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(as Cecil B. De Mille)

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(screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Cecil B. DeMille's Might Spectacle Of Tempestuois Love...Violence Under And On The High Seas! (1964 poster) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 8, 1943 with Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Hinge lines can be seen in the arms of the squid on two occasions (1:50.30 and 1:52.06). 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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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) 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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There is profit in shipwrecks along the coast of Georgia.
26 June 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Produced and directed by the legendary Cecil B. DeMille. A rough and ready sea drama with very good special effects. Salvagers compete for the cargo of ships wrecked in the reef off the coast of Georgia. Some of the ships go down not by nature, but by the hand of greedy men. An extraordinary finale with an attack of a giant squid. A star studded cast sustains the interest in this stormy and mobile movie. Notable cast members: Raymond Massey, Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward, Robert Preston and a bland John Wayne. Yep, the "Duke" has an important role, but does not headline or carry this film. I've seen this at least six times since childhood and I still think it is great. See for yourself.


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