Trade Winds (film)

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Trade Winds
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Tay Garnett
Produced by Tay Garrett
Walter Wanger(executive)
Screenplay by Dorothy Parker
Alan Campbell
Frank R. Adams
Story by Tay Garnett
Starring Fredric March
Joan Bennett
Music by Musical director
Alfred Newman
Cinematography Rudolph Mate
Foreign exterior photography James B. Shackelford
Edited by Otho Lovering
Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • December 28, 1938 (1938-12-28)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $738,733[1]
Box office $964,404[1]

Trade Winds is a 1938 comedy film distributed by United Artists, directed by Tay Garnett, and starring Fredric March and Joan Bennett, with a supporting cast featuring Thomas Mitchell, Ralph Bellamy, and Ann Southern. The screenplay was written by Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell and Frank R. Adams, based on story by Tay Garnett.


Former police detective Sam Wye (Fredric March) is on the trail of socialite Kay Kerrigan (Joan Bennett) who is accused of fatally shooting millionaire cad Thomas Bruhme (Sidney Blackmer). Kay has taken a ship to the South Seas followed by Sam, Sam's secretary Jean Livingstone (Ann Sothern) as well as police detectives Ben "Homer" Blodgett (Ralph Bellamy) and George Faulkner (Robert Elliott).

Along the way, through various adventures, Sam and Kay fall in love, as do Homer and Jean. Sam eventually determines that the actual killer was a jealous husband whose wife was having an affair with Bruhme. Kay is thus cleared and free to marry Sam.



The film earned a profit of $71,129.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p439

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