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The Hurricane

original 1937 movie poster
Directed by John Ford
Stuart Heisler (uncredited)
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Written by screenplay by
Oliver H.P. Garrett
Dudley Nichols
based on the novel by
James Norman Hall and
Charles Nordhoff
Starring Dorothy Lamour
Jon Hall
Mary Astor
C. Aubrey Smith
Thomas Mitchell
Raymond Massey
John Carradine
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Bert Glennon
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) November 9, 1937
Running time 110 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

The Hurricane (1937) is a film, directed by John Ford and produced by Samuel Goldwyn, about a tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean. It stars Dorothy Lamour and also Jon Hall, with Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, Raymond Massey, and John Carradine.



In the days of the tall ships and colonial rule of the South Pacific, a naive native sailor working as first mate on an island hopping windjammer is unjustly jailed in Tahiti for striking a racist planter with government connections. His attempts to escape imprisonment and return to his home island and young wife are contrasted with the attitudes of the white colonials, including a humanitarian physician, a "by the book" governor and a sadistic jailer, as well as the forces of natural justice in the form of a devastating hurricane.[1]



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In his memoir La tregua ("The Truce"; re-titled The Reawakening for publication in the U.S.), Primo Levi recounted his experience watching The Hurricane among other films while he was interned at a Soviet transit camp at Starye Dorogi in the aftermath of World War II. The audience of Soviet troops, former prisoners of war, and Holocaust survivors (Levi included) became more and more unruly as the movie progressed, culminating in what Levi called a "witches' sabbath" when the actual hurricane appeared on screen. A fight broke out in the cramped theater and the projectionist decided to shut off the film before the end, to Levi's dismay (he recalled the film as "quite a good American film of the thirties").

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