Reap the Wild Wind

Reap the Wild Wind

Cecil B DeMille (1942)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This lurid melodrama seems to take an interminable amount of time to reach its famous Oscar-winning climax with a giant squid, unless, of course, you happen to care whether it's John Wayne or a miscast Ray Milland that ends up with southern belle Paulette Goddard. If that little bit of romance isn't enough, there's more involving Susan Hayward and Robert Preston. The beginning and end are spectacular - Cecil B DeMille proving yet again that, even as a director, he was a great producer - but this maritime vessel does get very watery amidships.


The owner of a 19th-century salvage company falls in love with a captain she rescues from a shipwreck, and helps him prove in court that the vessel's sinking was not his fault. However, the lawyer hired to plead the case also falls for the salvager, and the rivalry drives the captain into an alliance with a ruthless pirate. Romantic adventure, starring John Wayne and Paulette Goddard.

Cast & Crew

Capt Jack Stuart John Wayne
Loxi Claiborne Paulette Goddard
Dan Cutler Robert Preston
King Cutler Raymond Massey
Stephen Tolliver Ray Milland
Capt Phillip Philpott Lynne Overman
Drusilla Alston Susan Hayward
Bully Brown Charles Bickford
Director Cecil B DeMille
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video