The Squall

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The Squall
Film Poster for The Squall.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alexander Korda
Produced by Ray Rockett
Written by Bradley King
Paul Perez
Based on The Squall (play, 1926) by Jean Bart
Starring Myrna Loy
Richard Tucker
Alice Joyce
Loretta Young
Carroll Nye
Music by Leo F. Forbstein
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Edward Schroeder
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release dates
  • May 9, 1929 (1929-05-09)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Squall is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Alexander Korda and starring Richard Tucker, Alice Joyce and Loretta Young, and based on the 1926 play The Squall by Jean Bart.


In Hungary, 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 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]

Preservation status[edit]

The film survives intact with its Vitaphone soundtrack and exists in the Library of Congress and 16mm print survive.[5] The film has been released to DVDR on the Warner Archive Collection label.



  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,; accessed August 17, 2015.
  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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