The Hurricane (1937)
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John Ford's popular film is an early, stunning sampler of the disaster genre, in which the love story between scantily clad Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour is secondary to the major set-piece, which won the Sound Oscar.
The highlight of this scenic black and white romantic South Seas tale is the 15 minute hurricane sequence at the climax.
Audience Reviews for The Hurricane
A John Ford tour-de-force with special effects still unmatched even today as little island native boy gets jailed and nailed for daring to think he was as good as a white man. Worth many viewings and, of course, Dorothy Lamour in a wet sarong.
Some parts are terribly corny with dialogue handed to the actors in the form of declamations but overall a well directed and enjoyable film. The picture doesn't require any heavy lifting dramatically but Hall is fine in the lead, certainly a dashing protaganist and Dorothy of course looks great in her sarong. It's the supporting cast, a collection of dynamite character actors, that make this memorable. Any movie lucky enough to have Mary Astor, Thomas Mitchell, Jerome Cowan, Raymond Massey and John Carradine contributing their individual presence is worth seeing if only for them but this has good special effects, for the time, and a fun story to boot.
The best disaster movie ever? The plot is intriguing and the disaster serves to underscore the theme of the film itself, which is the cruel and rigid oppression of man against man. You have to love Thomas Mitchell in anything he's in since he essentially plays the same character (the loveable drunk), but he really holds this whole thing together. The actual hurricane sequence itself is really well done--especially for 1937. It is intense.
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