The Hurricane

Synopsis: In the Island of Manukura, a French colony in the South Seas, the joyful Terangi is a leader among the natives and the first mate of the Katopua, the tall ship of Captain Nagle. Terangi gets married with Marama and sooner he sails to Tahiti. While in a bar playing with other natives, Terangi is offended by an alcoholic racist French and he hits his face, breaking his jaw. Despite the testimony of Captain Nagle, Terangi is sentenced to six months of forced labor since the victim had political connections with the Powers That Be. Captain Nagle asks the Governor Eugene DeLaage to uses his influence to help Terangi, but the governor refuses. Terangi unsuccessfully tries to escape from the prison, and each attempt increases his sentence. Eight years later, he finally escapes and his jailbreak is celebrated in Manukura. Father Paul finds his canoe and brings Terangi to the island. But a devastating hurricane also arrives in the island threatening the dwellers.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Ford
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
110 min


Doctor, the captain told me

we were in the South Seas now.

Right in the heart of them.

That's right, madame.

The South Sea islands.

The last hiding place

of beauty and adventure.

That's what all the travel folders say.

I thought you'd been here before,

and that you adored the islands.

Yes, I do in my own way.

What's that wretched-looking spot

we're passing?

It's one of the South Sea isles.

Nothing like that is mentioned

in the folders.

Well, it's a little in disrepute.

It was mentioned

in all the folders once.

That silly-looking sand waste?

Has it a name?

It's the island of Manukura.

That was once the most beautiful

of all the islands...

that raised their little green heads

above these waters.

The most beautiful and enchanting

bit of paradise in all the world.

I always throw it a kiss when I pass it.

Excuse me, madame.

What happened to it?

It made the mistake of being born

in the heart of the hurricane belt.

You've stolen a canoe.

Stealing is against the law.

You must pay the penalty

for breaking the law.

You are sentenced to 30 days punishment.

When you have finished 30 days, you will

know better than to break the law again.

I don't understand.

He says...

He's defending himself against the power

of the French government and very ably.

Does he deny the theft?

No. He offers in rebuttal

that there was moonlight.

An awful lot of it.

And his lady love says...

she saw a gold fish in the sea.

My dear doctor...

I am as sensitive to the whims of love

as the next man.

But as governor of these islands,

I cannot afford...

to sit 'round admiring

the quaint and the curious.

Thirty days, my good fellow.

It's not exactly my business,

de Laage...

but you've only been here a year.

Whereas I, indolent wretch...

have spent a pitifully long time

on these islands.

- I know these people.

- You're wasting your time pleading.

I'm not pleading.

I'm pleading for you...

not this scoundrel of a canoe thief.

You're a sensitive man.

You'll do something to yourself if you

govern these somewhat childish people...

according to your ideas

instead of theirs.

You'll destroy yourself.

That sounds very ominous. What is that?

Father Paul has sighted the Katopua.

- He's chattering in his belfry.

- Come along, Doctor.

You can complain about

my tyrannical soul to Madame de Laage.

Your wife will like it if you let

this miserable canoe-snatcher go.

As a homecoming gift!

Chief Mehevi, he's sentenced to

30 days hard labor on the coral reef.

My dear Doctor...

I am ready to give my wife and my

friends anything I own in the world...

except my sense of honor and duty.

A sense of honor in the South Seas

is about as useful and often as silly...

as a silk hat in a hurricane.


- I think the ship never comes home.

- Me, too.

I think the wind never blows.

I feel like praying...

for the wind that overturns the world

to hurry the Katopua home.

I worry about everything

when you're away.

About the wind, the waves.

Sometimes I worry the fish eat you up.

Me? You worry about me?

- Why I'm the best sailor in the world!

- I know.

- I'm the best swimmer, too.

- I know.

And tonight when we come out of church,

I'm the best husband in the world.

- I know, I know.

- Shut up. You don't know anything yet.


- Oh, Germaine.

- Darling, it seemed forever!

All my happiness went with you

to France...

but it's returned now.

O Heavenly Father...

we thank Thee for the safe return

of our loved ones.


Your health, madame.

We certainly missed

your civilizing influence.

Here's to your homecoming.

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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