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      The Squall

      1929 1h 44m Drama List
      Reviews A gypsy woman applies her feminine charms to the male members of a farmhouse where she takes refuge during a storm. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member I only watched this film because it's an early film appearance by Myrna Loy, but it's a pretty embarrassing early appearance. Loy made this film before she got big and when she was frequently cast in "exotic" roles. Set in Hungary, Loy plays a gypsy girl who's taken in by a kind family after she's escaped from her abusive master. Loy then proceeds to seduce every man in the household and causes all sorts of upheaval. That story might have been fun if this film were and edgier of pre-code melodrama, but it's stagey and not all that compelling. There's a famous story about Algonquin Roundtable member Robert Benchley walking out on the theatrical play version of which this film is based upon. In the play, when Loy's character bursts into the kind family's household, she states "Me Nubi! Me good girl! Me stay here!" Benchley then supposedly got up and said, "Me Bobby. Me bad boy. Me go now." and left the theater. Still, despite the terrible script and ham-fisted direction, Loy is fun in her man-eater role and makes the film watchable. Loretta Young also appears in the film as part of the kindly family. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A gypsy woman applies her feminine charms to the male members of a farmhouse where she takes refuge during a storm.
      Director
      Alexander Korda
      Production Co
      First National Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 44m