The Deluge

The Deluge

Director: Felix E. Feist Cast: Peggy Shannon, Sidney Blackmer Sr., Lois Wilson

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Overview

This remarkable early-talkie "disaster" flick was the first directorial effort of Felix E. Feist. An enormous tidal wave destroys New York City and most of the Eastern seaboard -- and that's only the beginning of the picture! The rest of the film deals with the aftermath of the deluge. Hero Martin (Sidney Blackmer), certain that his wife Helen (Lois Wilson) and his children have died in the disaster, begins a romance with bathing beauty Claire (Peggy Shannon). They must fight for their lives against Jephson (Fred Kohler Sr.) and his band of outlaws, who are using the apocalyptic crisis as an excuse to rape and pillage. Surviving one peril after another, the couple is forced to face their biggest crisis when it turns out that Martin's family has not perished after all. Claire nobly solves everyone's problem by swimming out to sea, never to be heard from again. Ned Mann's special effects and miniature work are first-rate, resurfacing as stock footage for years afterward (incidentally, some of the earthquake footage was filmed during an actual California quake in early 1933). Also praiseworthy is the superb, wall-to-wall musical score. For years considered a "lost" film, Deluge was found again in 1987 and has since been restored to an approximation of its original form -- though a full-scale videotape release is long overdue.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2017
UPC: 0738329212087
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 40,317

Special Features

Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith; The complete 1934 feature film Back Page, starring Deluge's Peggy Shannon; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peggy Shannon Claire
Sidney Blackmer Martin
Lois Wilson Helen
Matt Moore Tom
Fred Kohler Jephson
Ralf Harolde Norwood
Edward Van Sloan Professor Carlysle
Samuel S. Hinds Chief Forecaster
Lane Chandler Survivor
Philo McCullough Actor
Harry Semels Renegades

Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Val Burton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin G. Cohn Editor
Ralph M. DeLacey Set Decoration/Design
Warren B. Duff Screenwriter
John F. Goodrich Screenwriter
Edward Kilenyi Score Composer
Russell Lawson Special Effects
Rose E. Loewinger Editor
Ned Mann Special Effects

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