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The Squall
Director: Alexander Korda (Dir)
Release Date:   May 1929
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 9 May 1929
Duration (in mins):   104
Duration (in feet):   9,456
Duration (in reels):   11
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Cast:   Myrna Loy (Nubi)  
    Richard Tucker (Josef Lajos)  
    Alice Joyce (Maria, his wife)  
    Carroll Nye (Paul)  
    Loretta Young (Irma)  
    Harry Cording (Peter)  
    ZaSu Pitts (Lena)  
    Nicholas Soussanin (El Moro)  
    Knute Erickson (Uncle Dani)  
    George Hackathorne (Niki)  

Summary: The serene love of farmer Josef Lajos and his wife, Maria, the youthful romance of their son, Paul, with Irma, and the betrothal of their servants, Peter and Lena, are suddenly interrupted by a "squall" and the arrival of a Gypsy camp near the farm. The squall is in the person of Nubi, an exotic, amoral beauty who finds sanctuary with the Lajos family under the pretense that she is actually a Christian by birth. Peter is the first to succumb to her charms, and he recklessly spends his savings on trinkets for her--and hours in the field with her. Then she turns to Paul, a college student, who soon loses interest in his studies and in Irma. Peter is fired when Nubi convinces Lajos that he has forced himself on her. Then, Lajos himself submits to her charm. When a veritable storm threatens, El Moro enters the house, declaring that he has been married to Nubi for 4 years and that she is the daughter of a chieftan. As Nubi and her mocking laughter subside, the sun breaks through the clouds, and all is sweet and serene again. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Alexander Korda (Dir)
  Alexander Korda (Dir)
Producer: Richard A. Rowland (Pres)
  Richard A. Rowland (Pres)
Writer: Bradley King (Scr)
  Bradley King (Dial)
  Paul Perez (Titles)
Photography: John Seitz (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Edward Schroeder (Film ed)
Music: Leo Forbstein (Mus synchronization & score)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "Gypsy Charmer," words by Grant Clarke, music by Harry Akst.
Composer: Harry Akst
  Grant Clarke
Source Text: Based on the play The Squall by Jean Bart (New York, 11 Nov 1926).
Authors: Jean Bart

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 10/6/1929 dd/mm/yyyy LP445

Physical Properties: Sd: Vitaphone
  Sd, also Si: Also si, 23 Jun; 7,085 ft.

Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Courtship
  Family life


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   12 May 1929.   
New York Times   10 May 1929   p. 32.
Variety   15 May 1929   p. 20.

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