“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tropical Depression…

Posted on September 13, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`In 1935, MGM produced a spectacle, starring Clark Gable, Jeanette McDonald, and Spencer Tracy, that re-imagined the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; an impressive climax to the movie. Louis B Mayer put the production on the fast-track, a response to RKO’s special effects masterpiece, King Kong.

“`Inspired by  San Francisco, Samuel Goldwyn brought in John Ford to direct The Hurricane, a love story prior to the arrival of a tropical cyclone in the South Pacific. The cast: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, Jerome Cowan and three actors featured in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, Thomas Mitchell, C. Aubrey Smith and John Carradine. I had the distinct honor of meeting the late Layne Tom Jr., a child star in the flick, and a proud owner of my paperbacks. The score was written by Alfred Newman.

“`Critics characterized the film as one of the most thrilling spectacles the screen has provided, and the production received three  Academy Award nominations. Along with San Francisco and King Kong, The Hurricane completes the cinematic hat-trick that pioneered the special-effects genre of Hollywood productions.

“`My prayers to the Carolina folks in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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