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Deluge (1933)

A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

Director:

Felix E. Feist

Writers:

S. Fowler Wright (from the book by), John F. Goodrich (screen play by) (as John Goodrich) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peggy Shannon ... Claire Arlington
Lois Wilson ... Helen Webster
Sidney Blackmer ... Martin Webster
Matt Moore ... Tom
Fred Kohler ... Jepson
Ralf Harolde ... Norwood
Edward Van Sloan ... Professor Carlysle
Samuel S. Hinds ... Chief Forecaster (as Samuel Hinds)
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Storyline

New York City awaits a massive series of tidal waves which has already struck the North American west coast. As the waves strike and destroy the city, Martin is separated from his family. Seemingly the only survivor, he meets Claire, and they give one another aid and comfort during the crisis. Later, other survivors arise. As society attempts to rebuild, Martin and his wife Helen reunite. Claire, who has shared a great deal with Martin during their time alone, informs Helen that she will not live without Martin. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Earth is doomed! Only a few will survive!

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Dilúvio See more »

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Budget:

$171,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

K.B.S. Productions Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For a number of years this was a "lost film" until a dubbed Italian release print was discovered. See more »

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Featured in King of the Rocket Men (1949) See more »

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Disturbing disaster film rescued from the abyss
25 December 2004 | by Chung MoSee all my reviews

I saw this soon after a print was discovered in an Italian film vault. No one had subtitled it as of yet. The theater, Film Forum, here in New York City, hired an Italian translator to keep the audience up on the dialog and story.

It's remarkable how many films from the past 20 years were prefigured by this film. In a way, the "Day After Tomorrow" could be considered a remake. The destruction of New York is quite harrowing, actually more harrowing then the stupid "Day After Tomorrow". The special effect people orchestrated numerous shots that show masses of people perishing in the collapse of the city. And it's not in that distanced way that removes the human element from the horror. Actors are integrated into the effect work in creative ways. A recent example would be the monster films of Shusuke Kaneko. After the city has completely crumbled, the ground breaks open and the wreckage falls into a crevice. Then a tsunami inundates the remaining ruins! Yikes!

The rest of the film is done in a typical early 30's melodramatic style. Judging from the other comments here, the translator sort of soft-pedaled the racy parts. The film didn't hold up very well here but I think this could very well be the first post-apocalyptic film ever made.


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