S.O.S. Tidal Wave is a terrible film. There I said it. It was made in 1939, it only has a runtime of 62 minutes, and it’s a festering turd. It’s meant to be a political thriller with a mix of disaster film with a tidal wave heading to wipe out New York. However, the tidal wave plot point doesn’t show up until the final 10 minutes, and it’s just footage from another film titled Deluge (1933).
Instead, we get to suffer through a humdrum plot about a voting scandal and a TV anchorman getting mixed into the criminal shenanigans of the election. Blah, it’s so damn boring. Also, don’t get me started on Frank Jenks’ character, Peaches Jackson, who is meant to be the comedy relief, but instead he just comes across as an annoying little twerp.
Olive Films has dredged up this dreck from the bottom of the ocean and produced a solid video and audio transfer. There are no special features, but honestly, the movie is almost 79 years old, and no one would want to talk about this crap anyway. In fact, I don’t want to talk about it anymore either.