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February 1, 2019
The best thrilling movie ever made!
½ March 2, 2017
Strong story of love and adversity against the backdrop of colonial intolerance of the people they are trying to rule.
March 1, 2016
John Ford's "The Hurricane" not only made Dorothy Lamour and the sarong inseparable, it arguably created the "disaster film genre. The plot revolves around a newly married sailor (Jon Hall) unjustly imprisoned with his new island bride (Lamour) expecting their child. The all star cast includes Raymond Massey as the hard nosed island governor, Mary Astor as his wife and Thomas Mitchell as the island doctor. $250,000 was spent to demolish the $150,000 set, and 80 years later the last 15 minute look just as scary as The Poseidon Adventure. Highly recommended.
September 11, 2013
I really enjoyed the film, expecially the climatic hurricane scene!
December 30, 2012
Two good movies stuck into one. First the story of Terengi and the injustice he suffers. Then the hurricane kicks in. The disaster scenes were huge for the time and you really feel as if the people were being hurled around. The attempt of the American actors at being Pacific islanders let the movie down somewhat.
½ July 30, 2012
john ford's "the hurricane" starts off a bit slow, but half way through, it really picks up and becomes both entertaining and intense.
July 21, 2012
curiouous john ford directed diaster pic
June 2, 2012
Okay film. Hall and Lamour are okay. Mitchell and Astor shine.
½ January 18, 2012
The best disaster movie ever? The plot is intriguing and the disaster serves to underscore the theme of the film itself, which is the cruel and rigid oppression of man against man. You have to love Thomas Mitchell in anything he's in since he essentially plays the same character (the loveable drunk), but he really holds this whole thing together. The actual hurricane sequence itself is really well done--especially for 1937. It is intense.
Super Reviewer
July 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.
March 29, 2011
Okay film. Hall and Lamour are okay. Mitchell and Astor shine.
Super Reviewer
½ March 26, 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.
½ November 15, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010

(1937) The Hurricane

Had high expectations before coming into this film about two lovebirds from Hawai and their complicated situation involving a caucasion official during the time of the great hurricane that really happened! The film was good especially the hurricane scenes until the cheezy and imposed ending!

Spoiler warning *****************************************The cheezy and imposed ending which while watching this, seemed like all the characters that're involved with this love triangle all survived and mostly white as opposed to the majority which to me seemed very absurb compared with other disaster films!

2 out of 4
½ August 2, 2010
A native sailor (Hall) gets into a fight with the wrong man and ends up wrongfully in jail. Friends urge the Governor of his native island to get his release, but the Gov is very strict concerning the law. Tensions rise eventually leading to a hurricane. Highly melodramatic - even for the 30s - but an absolutely stunning hurricane sequence and some Thomas Mitchell scenery chewing make this adventure flick well worth seeing.
½ July 8, 2010
John Ford film set on an island in the Pacific where, well, a hurricane shows up. The first third is pretty boring and too sweet, the second third isn't too bad, just a typical attempt at escaping from an island prison, the real reason to watch this is for the final third of the film. The hurricane sequence is pretty incredible, especially considering it's more than 70 years old. Stuff like this can't be made today, filmmakers would just use CGI. Thomas Mitchell wasn't too bad, though I don't think he needed to be nominated for Supporting Actor. Overall a good disaster film from the 30s.
January 18, 2010
John Ford shaped cinema in a way that many people don't know and can probably never understand... this movie was definitely one of his films that was underrated but deserved a lot more. Hollywood started producing 1 disaster film a year in the early 1930's and this was the film of 1937 - and while not considered to be 'completely' a disaster film it still hinges on the hurricane in the end. The movie had a giant budget for the time... 150,000$ to build the set; 250,000$ to destroy the set. And that was just for the hurricane scenes.

For those who enjoy classic films this movie was years before it's time, and while definitely taking from classic disaster films like San Francisco and Old Chicago, it still managed to handle itself in a very original form. Take a glance - you won't regret it.
May 23, 2009
This is a movie for the patient. The first half is rather hokey, romantic and overplayed. If you can make it through, it pays off in the end. This film is especially recommended for disaster film geeks and Weather Channel geeks. I am neither of those.
October 17, 2008
The storyline may be a lot OTT, and the melodrama ladeled on thick and fast, but when the hurricane of the title hits, this film really comes into its own. Absolutely incredible special effects, many of which look so real that you really wonder how they were filmed.
½ September 2, 2008
seems dated now but still pretty good
½ July 7, 2008
We've been on a John Ford kick lately, and I loved this one. It's starts off slowly, but builds to the climactic hurricane scene, and it's worth the wait. That scene is powerful, and the special effects are really impressive considering the time period. It's a bleak story but wonderfully done.
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