The Squall
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlexander Korda
Written byBradley King
Paul Perez
Based onThe Squall (play, 1926) by Jean Bart
Produced byRay Rockett
StarringMyrna Loy
Richard Tucker
Alice Joyce
Loretta Young
Carroll Nye
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byEdward Schroeder
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • May 9, 1929 (1929-05-09)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States

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


In Hungary, a beautiful, young gypsy girl, Nubi, seeks shelter during a sudden squall. Nubi is given shelter by a well-to-do farmer and his family. The farmer and his family hide the girl when a brutish, older gypsy lover arrives to claim the girl and take her away. The older gypsy leaves, and Nubi is allowed to stay on with the family as a servant. Nubi does little useful work as a servant in the house, and instead proceeds to use her feminine charms to entice and bewitch various male members of the household, leading to many scenes of discord, anger, and jealousy. The spell that Nubi has put on the house is only lifted at the end of the movie when the older gypsy returns, and carries Nubi away—with the farmer and his family no longer willing to offer protection to the troublesome gypsy girl.[1][2][3]


Loretta Young in The Squall


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

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.

See also


  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, Karol (1990). Alexander Korda: The Man Who Could Work Miracles. Virgin Books. p. 51. ISBN 0870003356. OCLC 1827622.
  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.