Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

I caught this the other night while recovering from the surgery.  Loved it.  Kind of hokey:  giant squid!, kind of preachy:  man's corruption and inhumanity, kind of funny:  ventriloquist's dog, and kind of weird:  spanking scene at society party.  Directed by Cecil DeMille, it provides a retreat into escapism in glorious technicolor.  Its about shipping as the basis on commerce in the late 1700s-early 1800s featuring sloops and schooners, and culminating in the hero's desire to command the brand new steam ship but succumbing to the temptation of making a fast buck to a tragic end.
Paulette Goddard as Loxi Claiborne is the tomboy heroine who wears some pretty cool tomboy outfits. The movie also stars Ray Milland, John Wayne, Raymond Massey (bad Yankee), Hedda Hopper, Susan Hayward, and Robert Preston.
The courtroom scene provided the snapshot of all the movie's themes about honor, corruption, piracy, commerce, love...well you name it.  I loved it.

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