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Hurricane Smith (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 3 October 1952 (USA)
South Sea freebooters fight for hidden treasure and the love of the beautiful Luana.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), Gordon Ray Young (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Luana Whitmore
John Ireland ... Hurricane Smith
James Craig ... Gorvahlsen
Forrest Tucker ... Dan McGuire
Lyle Bettger ... Clobb
Richard Arlen ... Brundage
Mike Kellin ... Dicer
Murray Matheson ... Dr. Whitmore
Henry Brandon ... Sam
Emile Meyer ... Capt. Raikes
Stuart Randall ... Matt Ward
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Ben Hawkins
Kim Spalding Kim Spalding ... Brown
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Hurricane Smith and his marooned sailors escape from a South Seas island by stealing the ship of Capt. Raikes who's come to the island in search of slaves. Smith sails the ship to Australia where he charters it to Harry Gorvahlsen and Dr. Whitmore who claim to be studying flora and fauna. To fill out his crew, Smith "shanghais" Capt. Raikes who, by this time, has also made his way to Australia. During the course of the voyage, it becomes clear that Gorvahlsen and Whitmore are actually in search of a cache of gold that's been hidden on a South Seas island. Smith also seeks this gold, which he considers his own, as does Capt. Raikes. Complicating this 3-way rivalry is a growing shipboard romance between Smith and Dr. Whitmore's beautiful daughter, Luana. Events reach a violent climax when the treasure-island is finally reached. Written by dinky-4 - Minneapolis

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THE PRIZE OF SOUTH SEA PIRATES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hurricane Williams See more »

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Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paulette Goddard was originally announced to star in this film. See more »

Goofs

Hurricane Smith swims from the island, where he and his crew have been marooned, to a ship anchored off shore but when he boards it he's dry. See more »

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Just Light Entertainment with a dull John Ireland
15 March 2008 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

"Hurricane Smith" is a typical sort of pirates adventure with the classic group against group fight for a buried treasure in an island. Director Jerry Hopper can't count in his credits a good or memorable film and shorlty after this one he turned to television where he seemed to find his right place (he directed episodes of the most remarkable series of the 60's). But big screen adventures where perhaps too much for him.

"Hurricane Smith" is colourful and fast moving -which is good- but such a standard plot needed a more intense and daring direction (the final confrontation between the good and the bad guys in the island is definitely common and lacks strength and impact.

The cast fills the level of the film in general. Ivonne de Carlo is acceptable as Luana and she had an interesting screen presence. It is also amusing to have in the supporting cast such mean regulars as Lyle Bettger and Henry Brandon. On the other hand, John Ireland in the title role doesn't seem a good choice and he hurts the product. Ireland didn't quite make it to stardom because of a sort of common and not too charismatic personality; in fact, he will probably be remembered mostly for his supporting performances in some big budgets as "Spartacus" or "55 Days in Peking" or second villains such as the hoodlum in "Party Girl" or the gunfighter in John Sturges western "Gunfight at OK Corral". But my feeling is that he could not sustain a film as a the lead performer; a more vivacious and sympathetic actor as Hurricane Smith would probably have raised this film a bit (Stewart Granger, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis or some other back then).

"Hurricane Smith" stands as a just average product in its genre; no more than a 5 out of 10 to me.


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