When I saw the start of the title sequence, with the American eagle and everything, I thought that we’d finally arrived at a honest-to-goodness American war movie.
But no: It’s a Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza set in 1840.
It’s a romantic/comedic/epic kind of thing, and I had no idea that the plot would get this complicated. It’s very nice watching a movie and not really knowing where it’s going, in a general sense. And it doesn’t happen that often. I wasn’t even sure what genre this was going to turn out to be.
Paulette Goddard is great as the leading character here, and it’s fun seeing John Wayne not on a horse. And looking younger than most films I’ve seen him in.
If you want to be picky, I thing you could say that this film just goes through too many phases: Naval adventure, romantic intrigue, courtroom drama and finally undersea horror. But I like it. It’s huge and unwieldy, but it’s good.
Reap the Wild Wind. Cecil B. DeMille. 1942.
Popular movies in March 1942 according to IMDB:
|396||6.8||Star Spangled Rhythm|
|877||6.8||The Male Animal|
|2285||6.8||Reap the Wild Wind|
|369||6.7||The Courtship of Andy Hardy|
|397||6.7||Rings on Her Fingers|
|305||6.5||Always in My Heart|
|588||6.2||To the Shores of Tripoli|
|4120||6.1||The Ghost of Frankenstein|
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