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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille (as Cecil B. De Mille)

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), Charles Bennett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Stephen Tolliver
John Wayne ... Captain Jack Stuart
Paulette Goddard ... Loxi Claiborne
Raymond Massey ... King Cutler
Robert Preston ... Dan Cutler
Lynne Overman ... Captain Phillip Philpott
Susan Hayward ... Drusilla Alston
Charles Bickford ... Master of the 'Tyfib'
Walter Hampden ... Commodre Devereaux
Louise Beavers ... Maum Maria
Martha O'Driscoll ... Ivy Devereaux
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Claiborne
Hedda Hopper ... Aunt Henrietta
Victor Kilian ... Widgeon
Oscar Polk ... Salt Meat
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Storyline

Clipper ships taking the shortest route between the Mississippi and the Atlantic often end up on the shoals of Key West in the 1840s. Salvaging the ships' cargos has become a lucrative business for two companies -- one headed by a feisty young woman. Then she falls in love with the captain of a wrecked ship while he recuperates at her home. She travels to Charleston and is charming to the man most likely to be head of the captain's company, thinking she will be able to get the captain the position he wants on the company's first steam ship. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Cecil B. DeMille's Might Spectacle Of Tempestuois Love...Violence Under And On The High Seas! (1964 poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cecil B. De Mille's Reap the Wild Wind See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shots of the squid wrapping its tentacles around the actors was done by wrapping the actors in the tentacles, then unwrapping them and showing the film in reverse. See more »

Goofs

Hinge lines can be seen in the arms of the squid on two occasions (1:50.30 and 1:52.06). See more »

Quotes

Captain Jack Stuart: If I thought that wreck was planned, I'd make a topsail out of Cutler's hide!
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Connections

Referenced in Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
In the score at the start of the movie
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Entertaining sea drama with Paulette at her feistiest as a Southern belle...
25 June 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

In 'Reap the Wild Wind' we have a chance to see Paulette Goddard, front-runner for the Scarlett O'Hara role until Vivien Leigh showed up, sporting a Southern accent and enjoying herself as a feisty Southern belle heroine. Unfortunately, her part is nowhere as complex as the role she almost got in the Selznick epic.

It's a lusty period adventure about two battling ship salvagers who vie for a strong-willed Georgian girl. The outstanding special effects steal the film, as do the lavish sets and costumes of a bygone era. Susan Hayward is featured in a smaller role as Paulette's unfortunate cousin. Both are heavily burdened by Southern accents and roles that are paper-thin giving them little more to do than flounce around in frilly costumes and bonnets while the men--Ray Milland, John Wayne and Robert Preston--carry the main weight of the action-filled romance.

A stunning climax involves an underwater battle with a giant squid. Understandably, it won an Oscar for Best Special Effects. Beautifully photographed in technicolor, it's given the lavish Cecil B. DeMille treatment and makes an entertaining if foolish epic that shows its pulp romance origins.


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