Crimson Romance (1934)

67 or 70-71 mins | Drama | 1 October 1934

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HISTORY

According to modern sources, Erich von Stroheim also acted as a technical adviser on this production. In a modern interview, von Stroheim describes his participation in the production: "For the first time in my long career, I just acted like an automaton in order to bring home the shekels--and there were very few at ... More Less

According to modern sources, Erich von Stroheim also acted as a technical adviser on this production. In a modern interview, von Stroheim describes his participation in the production: "For the first time in my long career, I just acted like an automaton in order to bring home the shekels--and there were very few at that!" More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Sep 1934.
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Daily Variety
7 Sep 1934 p. 3.
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Film Daily
26 Sep 34
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Sep 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Oct 34
p. 84.
New York Times
13 Oct 34
p. 10.
Variety
16 Oct 34
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Mascot Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4985
Physical Properties:
Sound
International Recording Engineers
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 70-71
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
246
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1916, pilots Bob Wilson and Fred von Bergen, childhood best friends, test airplanes for an American company that builds bombers for the European allies. Because he is German-born, Fred loses his job and, unable to find other employment, decides to return to Germany to fight for his homeland. Although he has no special attachment to the German cause, Bob quits the airplane factory and joins his friend in Germany. On their way to a German airfield, Bob and Fred are accidentally run off the road by Red Cross nurse Alida Hoffman, who immediately catches the eye of playboy Bob and later impresses shy Fred. After Bob's first unsuccessful mission, Captain Wolters, the squadron's tyrannical leader, expresses his doubt about Bob's loyalty but, desperate for pilots, gives him another chance. However, when Bob chooses to make love to Alida instead of participating in a crucial air battle, Wolters, aware that the Americans have joined the Allies, arrests him. Fred, heartbroken that Alida has chosen Bob, quarrels with his friend and calls him a coward. Later, however, he allows him to escape from a firing squad and flee to the British forces. To prove his allegiance, Bob leads the British bombers to the German base, while Fred is told by Wolters that he must shoot down Bob to prove his loyalty. Neither man is capable of killing the other, and in the end, Fred sacrifices his life for Bob, who then returns to American with ... +


In 1916, pilots Bob Wilson and Fred von Bergen, childhood best friends, test airplanes for an American company that builds bombers for the European allies. Because he is German-born, Fred loses his job and, unable to find other employment, decides to return to Germany to fight for his homeland. Although he has no special attachment to the German cause, Bob quits the airplane factory and joins his friend in Germany. On their way to a German airfield, Bob and Fred are accidentally run off the road by Red Cross nurse Alida Hoffman, who immediately catches the eye of playboy Bob and later impresses shy Fred. After Bob's first unsuccessful mission, Captain Wolters, the squadron's tyrannical leader, expresses his doubt about Bob's loyalty but, desperate for pilots, gives him another chance. However, when Bob chooses to make love to Alida instead of participating in a crucial air battle, Wolters, aware that the Americans have joined the Allies, arrests him. Fred, heartbroken that Alida has chosen Bob, quarrels with his friend and calls him a coward. Later, however, he allows him to escape from a firing squad and flee to the British forces. To prove his allegiance, Bob leads the British bombers to the German base, while Fred is told by Wolters that he must shoot down Bob to prove his loyalty. Neither man is capable of killing the other, and in the end, Fred sacrifices his life for Bob, who then returns to American with Alida. +

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