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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.

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: You know, I play a kind of chess game with the oldest gambler in the world, Mehevi. He takes Mama Rua, and I checkmate him with a baby.
Dr. Kersaint: I'll think I'll have another drop of cognac just to keep the wind out of my bones on the way home.

Terangi: [from the tree, Terangi sees two colums collapse on the west wall of the church] The church! It's going!
Terangi: [after fighting the pounding seas to get inside the church] Father Paul, come! The sea is breaking in, the walls are going, Look!
[points to the altar, where the wind starts tearing up the corrugated iron roof]
Father Paul: Take those who want to go. I am staying here!
Terangi: You will drown, Father Paul! You saved me. Take my arm and let me save you!
Father Paul: No, my son, Take Madame.
Madame Germaine De Laage: No! I'll stay with you Father Paul
Father Paul: Take her! Take her back safe to the world that will drown you, Terangi.
[storm shatters the gothic window on the west wall, more water and wind blow into the church]
Father Paul: Please Madame, Go. Terangi, Take her
Terangi: Yes, Father.
Father Paul: Those of you who wish to go, go now! Those who wish to sing with me, for the last time, stay.

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.

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Doubles were not used for Mary Astor and Dorothy Lamour when they were lashed to a tree during the hurricane. In her autobiography, Astor said that the sand and water whipping their faces sometimes left pinpricks of blood on their cheeks.
The native village set was on 2½ acres of United Artists' back lot.
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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