The Case of Sergeant Grischa (1930)

82 mins | Drama | 23 February 1930

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Producer:

William LeBaron

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Marie Halvey

Production Designer:

Max Rée

Production Company:

RKO Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date for Sergeant Grischa was 18 Nov ... More Less

The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date for Sergeant Grischa was 18 Nov 1929. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
4 Jan 1930
p. 59.
Film Daily
2 Mar 1930
p. 10.
New York Times
8 Mar 1930
p. 21.
New Yorker
5 Mar 1930
p. 85.
Variety
12 Mar 1930
p. 21.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sergeant Grischa
Release Date:
23 February 1930
Production Date:
began 18 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 February 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1180
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
8,261
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On a winter's night in 1917, Sgt. Grischa Paprotkin of the Russian army escapes from a German prison camp in Poland and goes to see his wife, Babka, and his newborn child. He lives with Babka for a while; but he is dominated by a desire to return to Russia, and Babka aids him by passing him off as a dead soldier. While seeking food from a friend, Grischa is captured and condemned to death as a spy by Schieffenzahn, German commander on the Eastern Front. His true identity is established, and his nephew Winfried and Advocate Posnanski try to have the order reversed, but with no success. Posing as a peddler, Babka plans for his escape, but Grischa places his faith in General von Lychow, who after a stormy confrontation with Schieffenzahn, sends an order to cancel the death sentence; but the telegram fails to arrive because of a storm. Broken in spirit, Grischa willingly goes to his execution, rejecting his friend's attempts to save ... +


On a winter's night in 1917, Sgt. Grischa Paprotkin of the Russian army escapes from a German prison camp in Poland and goes to see his wife, Babka, and his newborn child. He lives with Babka for a while; but he is dominated by a desire to return to Russia, and Babka aids him by passing him off as a dead soldier. While seeking food from a friend, Grischa is captured and condemned to death as a spy by Schieffenzahn, German commander on the Eastern Front. His true identity is established, and his nephew Winfried and Advocate Posnanski try to have the order reversed, but with no success. Posing as a peddler, Babka plans for his escape, but Grischa places his faith in General von Lychow, who after a stormy confrontation with Schieffenzahn, sends an order to cancel the death sentence; but the telegram fails to arrive because of a storm. Broken in spirit, Grischa willingly goes to his execution, rejecting his friend's attempts to save him. +

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