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The Squall (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | May 1929 (USA)
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The activities of Nubi (Myrna Loy), a minx-like, Hungarian gypsy girl who, while on the run from her abusive husband, takes shelter in a farmhouse, where she seduces and holds in thrall all the male members of the family.


Alexander Korda


Jean Bart (from the play by), Bradley King | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Alice Joyce ... Maria
Richard Tucker ... Josef
Myrna Loy ... Nubi
Loretta Young ... Irma
Zasu Pitts ... Lena
Carroll Nye ... Paul
Harry Cording ... Peter
George Hackathorne ... Niki
Marcia Harris ... Aunt Anna
Knute Erickson ... Uncle Dani
Nicholas Soussanin ... El Moro


In Hungary, a prosperous and happy family of farmers take in a Gypsy girl, Nubi, when she runs away from her "cruel" master. Her fickle and seductive nature soon causes discord among the men of the household. Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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Reckless in her Loves Daring in her Deeds Nubi, the storm center of THE SQUALL (Print Ad- Florence Times-News, ((Florence, Ala.)) 7 March 1930) See more »


Drama | Music | Romance


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Although supposedly located in "Hungary," there is one scene with a row of tall palm trees in the background indicating a probable Southern California filming location. See more »


Josef: Do you love him?
Nubi: No, I hate him! Nubi hate the slave. She love only her master. You want, Nubi, she should go, master?
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Alternate Versions

First National also released this film as a silent version, with film length 2,159.51 m. See more »


Featured in Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1990) See more »


Gypsy Charmer
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung a cappella by Myrna Loy twice
Hummed by her and Richard Tucker
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User Reviews

Watch it as a relict from 1929
23 June 2020 | by kmykolajivnaSee all my reviews

I watched this film mainly because of Myrna Loy and Loretta Young. Although the storyline is rather silly and the acting seems over-emotional and trivial today, the movie still has its very own charm. It might not be a milestone in film history, but it has its funny moments, mostly unintentional, simply from the way it has been made - such as the idea of rural Hungary in the 1920s with open jewel shops in the middle of the night. But it is a true delight to watch Loretta Young and especially Myrna Loy in one of their early films. Myrna totally stole the show from the rest of the cast - even though her lines were as silly as the rest of the dialogue and her part of the gypsy girl is so stereotypical it seems sort of racist today. Still, she made the most out of it and kept me watching through the whole two hours runtime. I even felt kind of sorry that later on in her career she didn't play any sassy villains anymore. Surprisingly well done was the music score, far better than the dialogue. Perhaps they had better made it a silent picture. So if you watch this movie as one of the first talkies and don't focus on the storyline too much, you might still enjoy this old 'treasure'.

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Release Date:

May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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