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Slattery's Hurricane (1949)

A former WW2 naval pilot employed by a Miami civilian company reminisces about his past and present sins while flying a plane into an incoming hurricane.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

Writers:

Herman Wouk (screenplay by), Richard Murphy (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Widmark ... Lt. Will Slattery USNR
Linda Darnell ... Aggie Hobson
Veronica Lake ... Dolores Grieves
John Russell ... Lt. 'Hobbie' Hobson
Gary Merrill ... Cmdr. E.T. Kramer
Walter Kingsford ... R.J. Milne
Raymond Greenleaf ... Adm. William F. Olenby
Stanley Waxman ... Frank
Joe De Santis ... Mr. Gregory (as Joseph De Santis)
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Storyline

A pilot wants a life of ease, flying for drug smugglers and looking the other way until his conscience is tweaked by a woman he has misused. The story unfolds in flashbacks as the pilot battles the storm and recalls his failures, including a love affair with the wife of his best friend. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Un Amor Mas Fuerte que la Furia de un Huracan!! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Furacão da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,650,000, 31 December 1949
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The movie's opening titles include the statement: "Grateful thanks is extended to the Armed Forces and the Weather Bureau, whose technical information and active assistance were so generously given during the filming of this picture in the Florida and Caribbean areas." See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/Bryan Ferry (1987) See more »

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Dolores
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Music by Louis Alter
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Richard Widmark in the cab
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solid performance by Richard Widmark
3 October 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Richard Widmark flies into what becomes known as "Slattery's Hurricane" as he looks back on his life in this 1949 film. Directed by Andre de Toth, the film also stars Linda Darnell, John Russell and DeToth's wife, Veronica Lake.

Widmark plays Slattery, a former Navy man who, with his girlfriend Delores (Lake), works for drug smugglers. Slattery is unaware of this, though subconsciously he probably knows, but Delores, an addict, knows everything. (Delores' addiction is only hinted at.) When Slattery meets an old Navy friend, Hobbie (John Russell), he finds out that Hobbie married his former love, Aggie (Darnell). Though Delores is in love with Slattery, Slattery is still in love with Aggie and goes after her, not caring about Delores' feelings or Hobbie's marriage. When a hurricane hits, Hobbie is called in for pilot duty so he can get the hurricane coordinates, but he's too drunk to fly. Slattery takes his place, and while flying through the storm, looks at his mess of a life.

This isn't a particularly good film, but Richard Widmark does a great job, creating a fully fleshed-out character. It's impossible to believe that Lake, her signature haircut gone, was only 27 when this film was made. I would have guessed she was 40. Even with her husband directing the movie, she's not well photographed. It's a shame, because the petite actress was perfect for films, radiant, beautiful, with a great presence; no matter the role, she projected an intelligence and femininity. She just doesn't register here. The gorgeous Darnell has very little to do.

All in all, mediocre, but worth it for Widmark.


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