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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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Trivia

Tay Garnett and cinematographer James B. Shackelford shot a lot of the Far East location footage during a 1937 yacht trip. Reportedly Garnett had so much unused footage he tried unsuccessfully to work it into another feature. 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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Referenced in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff (as George Graf, Jr.)
Music by' Ernest Ball (I)'
Played by Fredric March on piano
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The Movie From Home Movies
11 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Several years before anyone thought of the film Trade Winds, director Tay Garnett did a round the world tour and took a camera crew with him. They shot miles of beautiful travelogue type footage and Garnett had it in his mind to use it. According to the Citadel Film Series book The Films of Fredric March, Garnett sold the idea to independent producer Walter Wanger. Who thereupon commissioned a story to be written around these films and naturally it would be starring his wife Joan Bennett. All that background you see in Trade Winds is what Garnett shot years earlier.

Trade Winds is a strange film it can't quite make up its mind to be a mystery, comedy, or drama it truly defies classification. One thing we do know is that right away we're given information regarding the forensics that Joan Bennett is innocent. If she had not run, but stayed behind she'd have known right away and we'd have had no film.

But run she does and private detective Fredric March is put on her trail. He sure needs the money as well as he and secretary Ann Sothern owe a lot of bills.

The weakness of the plot is made up for a lot by the supporting performances of both Ann Sothern and Ralph Bellamy. Sothern is not in the tradition of private eye secretaries like Effie in The Maltese Falcon. She turns out to be just as good a gumshoe as March and she's a person of shifting loyalties.

Which is unlike Ralph Bellamy who might easily qualify for being the dumbest cop the movies ever portrayed. I could have seen him being commandant of the Police Academy forty years later. He's so earnest in such a Dudley Doo-Right manner he's positively hilarious. Sothern and Bellamy really do carry this film.

March is a charming rascal and Bennett a beautiful and vulnerable victim, but if you watch Trade Winds I know you'll enjoy Sothern and Bellamy most of all.


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