The Searching Wind

The Searching Wind is a 1946 American feature film directed by William Dieterle and starring Robert Young, Sylvia Sidney, and Ann Richards. It is based on the play of the same name by Lillian Hellman.[1] It had originally been planned for producer Hal Wallis to make the film at Warner Bros., but after he left the studio he brought the project to Paramount Pictures.[2]

The Searching Wind
Directed byWilliam Dieterle
Produced byHal Wallis
Screenplay byLillian Hellman
Based onThe Searching Wind
(1944 play)
by Lillian Hellman
StarringRobert Young
Sylvia Sidney
Ann Richards
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyLee Garmes
Edited byWarren Low
Hal Wallis Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 9, 1946 (1946-08-09)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 1945, after hearing of the death of Mussolini, an American career diplomat and his family reflect on his mistakes he made during the interwar years.


Original play

Hellman's play debuted on Broadway in 1944 and ran for 318 performances. Montgomery Clift was in the original cast.[3]



  • Dick, Bernard F. Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
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