S.O.S. Tidal Wave

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S.O.S. Tidal Wave
S.O.S. Tidal Wave poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn H. Auer
Screenplay byGordon Kahn
Maxwell Shane
Story byJames Webb
Produced byArmand Schaefer
StarringRalph Byrd
George Barbier
Kay Sutton
Frank Jenks
Marc Lawrence
Dorothy Lee
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byErnest J. Nims
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • June 2, 1939 (1939-06-02)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

S.O.S. Tidal Wave is a 1939 American crime film directed by John H. Auer and written by Gordon Kahn and Maxwell Shane. The film stars Ralph Byrd, George Barbier, Kay Sutton, Frank Jenks, Marc Lawrence and Dorothy Lee. It was released on June 2, 1939 by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]


Reporter Jeff Shannon stops trying to expose political corruption after his son and wife are threatened. On election day, corrupt politicians broadcast the 1933 apocalyptic science-fiction film Deluge on the news, hoping to trick voters into believing that New York City has been hit by a tidal wave to discourage them from voting.



Republic Pictures acquired the rights to the 1933 disaster film Deluge, which begins with a special-effects sequence of Manhattan being destroyed by a tsunami.


  1. ^ "S.O.S.-Tidal Wave (1939) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  2. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (1939-06-22). "Movie Review - S O S Tidal Wave - THE SCREEN; At the World Cinema". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  3. ^ "S.O.S. Tidal Wave". Afi.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.

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