The Hurricane

Overview

Framed in a flashback related by doctor Thomas Mitchell, The Hurricane is in essence the story of a struggle between individual freedom and colonial oppression. Jon Hall plays Terangi, a tempestuous native of the French-controlled island of Manakoora. After marrying childhood sweetheart Marama Dorothy Lamour, saronged as usual, Terangi takes a job on a ship. While docked in Tahiti, Teragni is goaded into a fight by a white man - an offense punishable by a stiff prison term. French governor DeLaage Raymond Massey ...
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Overview

Framed in a flashback related by doctor Thomas Mitchell, The Hurricane is in essence the story of a struggle between individual freedom and colonial oppression. Jon Hall plays Terangi, a tempestuous native of the French-controlled island of Manakoora. After marrying childhood sweetheart Marama Dorothy Lamour, saronged as usual, Terangi takes a job on a ship. While docked in Tahiti, Teragni is goaded into a fight by a white man - an offense punishable by a stiff prison term. French governor DeLaage Raymond Massey has nothing personal against the native, but he is dedicated to upholding the strict letter of the law. Even the appeals made on behalf of Terangi by doctor Mitchell, priest C. Aubrey Smith, ship's captain Jerome Cowan and the governor's own wife Mary Astor fail to weaken DeLaage's resolve to do his duty. Thus begins a chain of events that entangles the freedom-loving Terangi in the impenetrable web of white "justice." Time and again Terangi escapes from prison, only to be recaptured and sentenced to longer and longer terms. Finally managing to make his way back to Manakoora -- and killing a prison guard in the process -- Terangi continues to be doggedly pursued by DeLaage. Just as Terangi is about to sail off to parts unknown in an outrigger canoe with Marama and their child, the hurricane begins. At the risk of his own life, and his freedom, Terangi rescue DeLaage's wife and several other storm refugees. Largely the handiwork of art director James Basevi, the hurricane of The Hurricane was not directed by the film's official helmsman John Ford, but by an uncredited Stuart Heisler -- a fact readily acknowledged by Ford. Adapted by Dudley Nichols and Oliver H. P. Garrett from a novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, The Hurricane was poorly remade in 1979 with Jason Robards and Mia Farrow in the Raymond Massey and Mary Astor roles.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Though dated and in places a bit silly, The Hurricane still gets high marks and comes out on top. Truth to tell, Hurricane would rate highly if for no other reason than because its climactic title sequence is one of the most stunning put on film. While listed as a John Ford film, this sequence was actually directed by Stuart Heisler (with the undeniable and invaluable help of special effects wizards James Basevi and R.O. Binger). Make no mistake about it: this sequence is a real humdinger. Even many decades later, it packs a real, thrilling punch. Yes, some of effects work is obvious and doesn't compare to the CGI version of such things. But even so, it makes its mark. Now, things are not always so enthralling leading up to the hurricane; this is a film with definite ups and downs, and the melodramatic story is not always as engaging as you might wish. Too, the male lad, Jon Hall, though physically impressive, doesn't really convince as an island native. But the rest of the cast is solid, filled with notable players such as Thomas Mitchell, C. Aubrey Smith, Mary Astor, Raymond Massey and the eternally-saronged Dorothy Lamour. They keep your interest when the story sags here and there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • EAN: 8809116451544
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Lamour Marama
Jon Hall Terangi
Mary Astor Madame Germaine De Laage
C. Aubrey Smith Father Paul
Thomas Mitchell Dr. Kersaint
Raymond Massey Governor Eugene De Laage
John Carradine Warden
Jerome Cowan Capt. Nagle
Al Kikume Chief Meheir
Kuulei de Clercq Tita
Layne Tom Jr. Mako
Flora Hayes Mama Rua
Mary Shaw Marunga
Spencer Charters Judge
Roger Drake Captain of the Guards
Inez Courtney Girl on Ship
William B. Davidson Man Who Is Injured
Mamo Clark Hitia
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Arai
Paul Stader Stuntman
Technical Credits
Stuart Heisler Director
John Ford Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
James Basevi Special Effects
R.O. Binger Special Effects
Richard Day Art Director
Paul Eagler Cinematographer
Oliver H.P. Garrett Screenwriter
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Julia Heron Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Lloyd Nosler Editor
Wingate Smith Asst. Director
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
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