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The Hurricane (1937) was a Action - Drama Film directed by John Ford and Stuart Heisler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Merritt Hulburd.


A Ford tropical fantasy and a wonderful adventure story set on an idyllic island, where a young couple (Lamour and Hall) and their clash with the local governor (Massey) are made insignificant by the impending natural disaster of the title. Newman wrote the lush film score, and the special effects are still pretty impressive. Remade in 1979.

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Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorThomas MitchellNominated
Best Music - ScoringSamuel Goldwyn Studio Music Department, Alfred Newman, head of department (Score by Alfred Newman)Nominated

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DISASTER BLOG-A-THON: The Hurricane, 1937

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The Midnite Drive-In and Dubsism are hosting (cue: thunder and lightning) the DISASTER BLOG-A-THON! Start your journey HERE, if you dare. Manakoora is a South Sea Island under the dubious protection of France. Governor Paul DeLaage played by Raymond Massey comes from a long line of bureaucrat... Read full article

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Dr. Kersaint: [Hearing an ominous wind] The Devil's abroad tonight.

DeLaage: My dear doctor, I'm ready to give my wife and my friends anything I own in the world except my sense of honor and duty.
Dr. Kersaint: A sense of honor in the South Seas is about as useful and often as silly as a silk hat in a hurricane.

DeLaage: You helped Terangi? My own priest?
Father Paul: I'm his priest too!
DeLaage: You helped a murderer!
Father Paul: I aided a man whose heart is innocent.
DeLaage: You've given aid to anarchy and bloodshed!
Father Paul: I'll answer for it.

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Facts about

The native village set was on 2½ acres of United Artists' back lot.
Charles Locher officially changed his name professionally to Jon Hall with this picture in order to capitalize on his real life relationship to "The Hurricane"'s co-author, James Norman Hall.
According to Life Magazine, special effects wizard James Basevi was given a budget of $400,000 to create his effects. He spent $150,000 to build a native village with a lagoon 200 yards long, and then spent $250,000 destroying it.
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