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Slattery's Hurricane (1949)

A former WW2 naval pilot employed by a Miami civilian company reminisces about his past and present sins while flying a plane into an incoming hurricane.

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André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

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Herman Wouk (screenplay by), Richard Murphy (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Widmark ... Lt. Will Slattery USNR
Linda Darnell ... Aggie Hobson
Veronica Lake ... Dolores Grieves
John Russell ... Lt. 'Hobbie' Hobson
Gary Merrill ... Cmdr. E.T. Kramer
Walter Kingsford ... R.J. Milne
Raymond Greenleaf ... Adm. William F. Olenby
Stanley Waxman ... Frank
Joe De Santis ... Mr. Gregory (as Joseph De Santis)
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A pilot wants a life of ease, flying for drug smugglers and looking the other way until his conscience is tweaked by a woman he has misused. The story unfolds in flashbacks as the pilot battles the storm and recalls his failures, including a love affair with the wife of his best friend. Written by Ed Lorusso

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The storm centre of thrills! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Furacão da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,650,000
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In her autobiography, Veronica Lake wrote: "The Navy, proud of 'Slattery's Hurricane' and the salute it gave to Navy pilots, previewed the film in its 90-ton giant aircraft, the Constitution . Eighty-six people made that flight and circled around Manhattan for three hours, ate lunch and watched 'Slattery's Hurricane'. A temporary projection system had been installed as well as a silver screen in the front of the plane . . . and some writers covering the flight speculated on what use in-flight films might have in commercial aviation. If they only knew." See more »

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No Love, No Nothin'
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Music by Harry Warren
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Storm Number 9-Slattery's Hurricane.
25 November 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Lt. Willard Francis Slattery {Richard Widmark}, a former Navy pilot, is in control of this Grumman Mallard Aeroplane. He's flying right into the centre of a storm, a ferocious storm gathering momentum, here Slattery reviews his latter day life.

Slattery's Hurricane is directed by André De Toth and also stars Linda Darnell, Veronica Lake, John Russell and Gary Merill. It's based around a story written by Herman Wouk, and it's with Wouk that the interesting back story to the film belongs. Herman Wouk was of course the writer of Pulitzer Prize winning novel-The Caine Mutiny {also made into a fabulous film starring Humphrey Bogart}. It was while Wouk was researching weather data for "Mutiny" that he got the genesis for Slattery's Hurricane. Pitching it to 20th Century Fox, he got the go ahead for a screenplay, and feeling inspired he turned his short story into a fully fledged book.

Adapted by Richard Murphy, Slattery's Hurricane is a real good film stopped from being a great one due to the inevitable interference from the Production Code Administartion. Research into the film, and those who know the novel, shows the story to be a spiky one about adultery, drug smuggling and drug addiction, with closely formed characterisations leading the way. The observant will spot these things in the film anyway, but the toning down leaves us with a more melodramatic picture than a sharply dark one that the story deserved. However, it's with much credit to De Toth and his cast that the film is still an engrossing mood piece set around the birth of a raging hurricane, a hurricane that is not just of the storm itself, but of the emotional state of Will Slattery too. Grim nature and the troubled human condition dovetailing to create our finale of Slattery's Hurricane.

Richard Widmark is good value {wasn't he always?} as the lead protagonist, mean, moody and even menacing in his selfishness, Slattery called for an actor capable of blending emotional layers. The studio had wanted Tyrone Power for the role {perhaps showing the high hopes they had for the film?}, but they got Widmark instead, who rewards them {and us} with yet another memorable performance. Linda Darnell, softly spoken, sexy and exuding a femme fatale sheen, does well with what is a surprisingly underwritten part, tho we can probably thank {not!} the PCA for that issue. Veronica Lake, then married to director De Toth, had hoped for the film to signal a comeback for her faltering career, it wasn't to be, and that's sad because she's really rather great here. Heartfelt and giving the story a crucial counter point edge to Widmark's unfolding state, Lake served notice that she still had some quality to offer cinema. John Russell and Gary Merrill {whose opening narration sets the tone} do what is needed, but rightly play second fiddle to the three principals.

It could have done with better villains than the portrayals given by Walter Kingsford and Joe De Santis, but Slattery's Huricane remains a fine movie begging to be seen by more people. Still not given a DVD release and rarely shown on television, it's a film that if you get a chance to see it then you should grab that opportunity with both hands. 7/10


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