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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

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.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille (as Cecil B. De Mille)

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), Charles Bennett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Stephen Tolliver
John Wayne ... Captain Jack Stuart
Paulette Goddard ... Loxi Claiborne
Raymond Massey ... King Cutler
Robert Preston ... Dan Cutler
Lynne Overman ... Captain Phillip Philpott
Susan Hayward ... Drusilla Alston
Charles Bickford ... Master of the 'Tyfib'
Walter Hampden ... Commodre Devereaux
Louise Beavers ... Maum Maria
Martha O'Driscoll ... Ivy Devereaux
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Claiborne
Hedda Hopper ... Aunt Henrietta
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Widgeon
Oscar Polk ... Salt Meat
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Storyline

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:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. De Mille's Reap the Wild Wind See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Reap the Wild Wind received two honors in The Film Daily's 1942 "Filmdom's Famous Five," a national poll of newspaper, magazine, syndicate, news service, and radio critics. Cecil B. DeMille was named one of the year's Top Five Directors (third place), while Victor Milner was one of the Top Five Cameramen (also third place). See more »

Goofs

Incorrectly regarded as a goof: John Wayne's reference to Mother Carey's Chickens has nothing to do with Kate Douglas Wiggins 1911 novel. It is a seafaring name for the Storm Petrel, so-called because the birds appear before a storm. Mother Carey is a corruption of Mater Cara (Dear Mother), an epithet of the Virgin Mary, to whom Portuguese and Spanish sailors used to pray before a storm. 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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Connections

Referenced in According to Dom (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

When I'm Gone Away
(1942) (uncredited)
(Also known as "Who's Going to be My Honey")
Music and Lyrics by Troy Sanders
Sung by black chorus at the end
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Great Romantic Sea Adventure
24 October 1999 | by guil12See all my reviews

I loved this movie. All the stars were at their peak. They looked so glamorous and young and vital in their careers. I loved Paulette Goddard.

In my personal opinion, she has been overlooked by so many. She was a wonderful beautiful star. Can't believe in the re-release they put Susan Hayward ahead of Paulette. Hayward had a very small part. Paulette was the star of the movie. It's not the first time they have put Goddard last. Too bad. I think she's terrific. She had the ability to do comedy as well as drama. And she was a very gorgeous woman. That wonderful laugh of hers.


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