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Trade Winds (1938)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 December 1938 (USA)
Kay Kerrigan commits a murder and then changes her hair color, assumes a new identity and flees the country by ship. She's unaware that she's being followed by Sam Wye, a skirt chasing ... See full summary »

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

Tay Garnett (story), Dorothy Parker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fredric March ... Sam Wye
Joan Bennett ... Kay Kerrigan
Ralph Bellamy ... Ben Blodgett
Ann Sothern ... Jean Livingstone
Sidney Blackmer ... Thomas Bruhme II
Thomas Mitchell ... Police Commissioner Blackton
Robert Elliott ... Captain George Faulkiner
Joyce Compton ... Mrs. Johnson
Richard Tucker ... John Johnson
Dorothy Comingore ... Ann (as Linda Winters)
Wilma Francis ... Judy
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Storyline

Kay Kerrigan commits a murder and then changes her hair color, assumes a new identity and flees the country by ship. She's unaware that she's being followed by Sam Wye, a skirt chasing detective. The two soon develop a shipboard romance. Will Sam be able to bring Kay back to the States and likely imprisonment? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agapisa mia dolofono See more »

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Budget:

$738,733 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A January 5, 1939 news item in Hollywood Reporter noted that Tay Garnett was planning to write another original story entitled World Cruise, so that he could incorporate background footage of Europe and North Africa not incorporated in the 1938 picture. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas is shot, he is wearing a striped robe with a bright monogram on the left breast. When we later see his body on the floor, with the police investigating, the monogram is missing. See more »

Quotes

Jean Livingstone: Oh, you don't think you're the only friend I've got on the police force.
Sam Wye: Oh, no... How was the Marine Corps when you left?
Jean Livingstone: Off on a cruise. Hmm, hmmm.
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Connections

Referenced in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude Opus 28 No. 7
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by both Joan Bennett and Fredric March
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Beautiful land of long ago
22 July 2002 | by kmk-3See all my reviews

Was there ever a more relaxed, charming rogue than Frederic March? He would have been a perfect James Bond, had the role been available to him in the '30s. As it is, he made do spectacularly with this one: he's Sam Wye, a former SFPD detective, hired to find and bring back the luminous Joan Bennett, who's suspected of murdering Sidney Blackmer... When her car goes into the Bay, she swims ashore and goes on the run... The action roves as the trade winds of the title, straying from the piers of the city by the Bay to Honolulu, Singapore, Tokyo, Hanoi, and Colombo, Ceylon. Ralph Bellamy,side-hick to March, sez: "Colombo? I thought that was in Ohio..." Ann Sothern is glamorous, and Joan Bennett sizzles. This is the movie in which she dyed her hair black -- and then kept it dark for the next 50 years...leaving the blonde Bennett roles to sister Constance. As a glimpse of pre-War Asia, and an insight into the world before terrorism, this is a charming and lovely memory. You'll yearn for the time when cruise attire was more than sweatsuits and sneakers...and all this with dialog by Dorothy Parker!


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