The Hurricane 1937

The Hurricane

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In the colonial era, island native Terangi (Jon Hall) spends a blissful honeymoon with his bride, Marama (Dorothy Lamour). Soon after, however, their relationship is torn asunder when Terangi is sent to prison for punching a prejudiced white man. Prominent members of the community -- including the governor's wife, Mme. De Laage (Mary Astor) -- petition the governor for clemency, but he refuses to budge. However, all pretense of law and order are soon shattered by an incoming tropical storm.

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Mary Astor
Mme. DeLaage
Thomas Mitchell
Dr. Kersaint
Jerome Cowan
Captain Nagle
John Ford
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Critic Reviews for The Hurricane

All Critics (4) | Fresh (4)

  • Hurricane was really not much more than the spectacle of huge billows of water swamping a South Sea Island; nevertheless, its effect is nearly stupendous.

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There have been tornadoes on the screen before, but compared with the Goldwyn catastrophe they don't seem much more impressive to look back on than a burst water main.

    July 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 6, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The highlight of this scenic black and white romantic South Seas tale is the 15 minute hurricane sequence at the climax.

    May 17, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hurricane

  • Jul 28, 2011
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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