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The Squall (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | May 1929 (USA)
The activities of Nubi (Myrna Loy), a minx-like, Hungarian gypsy girl who, while on the run from her abusive husband, takes shelter in a farmhouse, where she seduces and holds in thrall all the male members of the family.


Alexander Korda


Jean Bart (from the play by), Bradley King (screen version) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Alice Joyce ... Maria
Richard Tucker ... Josef
Myrna Loy ... Nubi
Loretta Young ... Irma
Zasu Pitts ... Lena
Carroll Nye ... Paul
Harry Cording ... Peter
George Hackathorne ... Niki
Marcia Harris Marcia Harris ... Aunt Anna
Knute Erickson ... Uncle Dani
Nicholas Soussanin ... El Moro


In Hungary, a prosperous and happy family of farmers take in a Gypsy girl, Nubi, when she runs away from her "cruel" master. Her fickle and seductive nature soon causes discord among the men of the household. Written by Robert Tonsing <rob_tonsing@msn.com>

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Her multiple love story was the talk of Broadway for one solid year! (original half-sheet poster) See more »


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hvirvelstormen See more »

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In September 1928 Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures, and from that point on all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-'30s, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


Although supposedly located in "Hungary," there is one scene with a row of tall palm trees in the background indicating a probable Southern California filming location. See more »


Lena: What? Not working again?
Nubi: Oh, Nubi, she no like to work. Make the hands ugly.
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Alternate Versions

First National also released this film as a silent version, with film length 2,159.51 m. See more »


Featured in Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991) See more »


Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor
(1847) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Liszt
Excerpts played often in the score
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I watched this because of Myrna Loy
6 June 2015 | by bjelkierSee all my reviews

This movie was made in 1929, just a couple years since "talkies" started. And it shows. Myrna Loy was good as the bad gypsy, Nubi. Myrna, a girl from Montana, was typed cast in her early films as exotic women - gypsies, Asian women, women of mystery. I have been a fan of hers since I saw "Manhattan Melodrama" and "The Thin Man". But although this is a cute movie, she could not even save it. The rest of the cast seem not to know how to act natural. It seems they just read their lines. They all are so wooden. Maybe they were still use to not having to express their feelings other than by facial, as most silent films did, they did not know how to do it with words. Loretta Young and Zazu Pitts is also in this and I am glad to say they did improve with later movies. Loretta Young became a fine actress. It is worth the watch just to see a very young Myrna, Loretta and Zasu.

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