The Squall

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The Squall
Directed by Alexander Korda
Produced by Ray Rockett
Written by Jean Bart (play)
Bradley King
Paul Perez
Starring Richard Tucker
Alice Joyce
Loretta Young
Carroll Nye
Music by Leo F. Forbstein
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Editing by Edward Schroeder
Studio First National Pictures
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release dates 9 May 1929
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Squall is a 1929 American drama film directed by Alexander Korda and starring Richard Tucker, Alice Joyce and Loretta Young. It was based on the 1926 play The Squall by Jean Bart. The film is set in Hungary, where a gypsy girl caught in a storm takes shelter in a farmhouse. She entertains all the male members of the household, leading to jealous anger. The spell she has put on the house is only lifted when her husband arrives and takes her away.[1][2][3]

The film has been released to DVD via the Warner Archive label.


The film was Korda's first Talkie, although his two previous films Night Watch and Love and the Devil had featured sound effects and music as part of the gradual transition from Silent to Sound film. The film was shot at night at the Burbank studios as the only sound stage there was used by Warner Brothers during the day.[4]


Print held by the Library of Congress.[5]



  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films:1921–30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  2. ^ The Squall at
  3. ^ The Squall as produced on Broadway at the 48th Street Theatre, November 11 1926 to December 1927;
  4. ^ Kulik p.51
  5. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, c. 1978


  • Kulik, Karol. Alexander Korda: The Man Who Could Work Miracles. Virgin Books, 1990.

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