Starring Ralph Byrd, George Barbier, Kay Sutton, Frank Jenks, Marc Lawrence, Don 'Red'
Directed by John H. Auer
Runtime: 62 min.
Print Quality: B
Stalwart Republic contractee Ralph Byrd wades through a sea of stock footage in SOS-Tidal
Wave. Byrd is cast as Jeff Shannon, a hotshot television commentator who goes after a
corrupt political machine. When Shannon refuses to be dissuaded by bribes or threats, the
villains promise dire consequences for his wife Laurel (Kay Sutton) and son Buddy (Mickey
Kuhn) if he doesn't lay off. As a last-ditch measure, the head crook (Marc Lawrence) uses
TV technology to scare away voters on election day by faking a devastating tidal wave
which supposedly engulfs the city. The spectacularly soggy special-effects climax of
SOS-Tidal Wave was lifted in toto from the 1933 fantasy feature Deluge.