Turned out on a broad canvas, The Hurricane is a scenically pretentious and colorful spectacle which has as its climax a hurricane sequence that is compellingly realistic. The authors of the novel, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, also wrote the story of Mutiny on the Bounty.
The force of the story [adapted by Oliver H.P. Garrett] does not stop with the hurricane triumph nor the brutality of prison officers, pictured as worse than ever accredited to Devil’s Island. neither does it stop with the successful dramatic escape of the romantic lead (Jon Hall) amidst frightful odds. There is also a highly emotional love story woven around Hall and Dorothy Lamour, latter playing the native girl who marries him as the picture opens.
The big blow is reputed to cost $300,000. That’s not unbelievable. It is understood the total cost of the picture ran to $1.75 million.
Performances are specially good from Hall down. A finely turned character is that of the governor, another Javert (Les Miserables), done capitally and forcefully by Raymond Massey.
1937: Best Sound Recording.
Nomination: Best Score